1000 Ships to Fight Piracy
I know what you are thinking. Building 1000 ships and then deploying the same to the Indian Ocean is impossible, even for several navies in participation right? You would be justified since with almost the entire world currently engaged in anti-piracy patrol against the impoverished Somali state, only 30 are available for the thousands of square miles of patrolling required. But here is a need, according to Tim Brooks at The National:
“It is a concern from a naval perspective that we do not have enough vessels to reduce piracy in the Indian Ocean because of the huge area,” said Cmdr Stein Hagalid, the branch head of the Nato Shipping Centre. He said 30 vessels are committed to counter-piracy now and 50 could be available within a year, “but to effectively suppress piracy in the Indian Ocean we would need a thousand”.
I think if navies would build as they fight, this problem would be easily solvable and affordable. In other words many small patrol craft with good qualities and fair armament instead of exquisite and over-large battleships, which are constructed to fight the worse possible scenarios, like a Chinese missile destroyer, with an anti-piracy mission as an afterthought.
If ships were built to fight pirates, you would have more Cyclone patrol craft, River OPVs, HSVs for deploying naval infantry, and small conventional subs as coastwatchers. The large frigates and missile destroyers could still be there, only as backup, on call but rarely on station. With low cost corvettes costing hundreds of millions instead of billions, patrol craft in the tens of millions, and many small boats, you can easily deploy a very large fleet able for long-range patrol, less the cost of a squadron of modern destroyers or nuclear submarines, or even a single USN supercarrier.
It isn’t that we don’t have the means, just the will power to make this happen.