LCS Alternative-Q Ships!
Malaysia has stolen an idea from previous world wars, and placed it into the fight against piracy. Marine News reports:
Malaysia’s MISC Berhad, in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and the National Security Council (NSC), has successfully modified its containership Bunga Mas Lima into a RMN Auxiliary Vessel for the purpose of escorting and protecting MISC’s ships sailing through the Gulf of Aden.
The project was undertaken following last year’s hijacking of MISC’s ships Bunga Melati Dua and Bunga Melati 5…
The Bunga Mas Lima, a 699 TEU containership, is the first Malaysian merchant ship to be modified as an Auxiliary Vessel for TLDM.
For some reason, the reference to “Q-ships” was taken out of the updated article, but here is what it said:
The fact that MISC makes the point about sovereign immunity could just indicate that the ship will serve as a decoy vessel, or Q ship, to tempt pirates into making an attack and then meet more of a response than they were expecting.
Perhaps they didn’t want to tip off the pirates? Actually, Q-ships were not very successful, and as a substitute for convoys a complete failure, but we do love the fact that the Malays are thinking outside the box here.