Pirate Action Groups?
PAG-pirate actions groups is apparently the official title for the modern buccaneers preying on commercial shipping in the Gulf of Aden and surrounding waters. Here is the story from EU NAVFOR Somalia:
The success of EU NAVFOR and other international patrols close to the coast of Somalia has forced the pirates to move further out to sea. Demonstrating the flexibility and reach of naval forces, TROMP has responded by moving into new operating areas. Last week’operations, with five pirate action groups (PAGs) disrupted, have shown the success of this strategy.
That just fascinates me to no end that we now have acronyms for these part-time fisherman now turned terror of the sealanes! Thank goodness for the EU, but I fear they are in over their heads with too few ships and binding constrictions about what to do with the pirates:
TROMP’s impressive haul includes the destruction of several mother ships and skiffs, small boats used by pirates, as well as the confiscation of weapons and ammunition and the gathering of intelligence. A total of thirty one suspects were detained before being released with sufficient fuel and water to reach safety.
Much like we defeated the German U-boat crews in WW 2, catch and release. Oh, wait…