Fighting multibillion-dollar piracy

By David Black

There are approximately 25 naval vessels from the European Union and Nato  countries, China, Russia, South Korea, India and Japan involved in anti-piracy  operations patrolling about 8.3 million square kilometres of the Gulf of Aden  and Indian Ocean, an area about the size of western Europe. (more…)

MP Lauds Iranian Navy’s Performance in Anti-Piracy Missions

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator lauded the country’s naval forces for their successes in repelling pirate attacks and providing a safe passage for Iranian and foreign cargo vessels and oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. (more…)

Somalia to get small arms after U.N. lifts embargo

By Yara Bayoumy (Editing by Sami Aboudi and Jane Baird)

(Reuters) – The Somali government expects to get its first shipment of light weapons within two months after the United Nations partially lifted an arms embargo to strengthen security forces fighting al Qaeda-linked militants, Somalia’s president said. (more…)

FBI doggedly tracked Somali pirate boss in Quest murders

By: Mark Rockwell

The man who was the chief negotiator for a group of Somali pirates who kidnapped and ultimately killed four U.S. citizens in attacks in the Gulf of Aden was tracked and finally arrested by members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. (more…)

Unreported acts of piracy distort overall figures – experts

Somali piracy still poses a significant threat as numbers remain high and criminals remain heavily armed, say experts, who maintain that figures showing a reduction in Somali piracy mask the true numbers. (more…)

US eyes anti-piracy effort along west Africa coast

By LOLITA C. BALDOR

Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and some of its allies are considering plans to increase anti-piracy operations along Africa’s west coast, spurred on by concerns that money from the attacks is funding a Nigerian-based insurgent group that is linked to one of al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliates. (more…)

Foreign minister quits amid Italy-India row over marines facing murder trial

Giulio Terzi makes decision after marines accused of killing fishermen while on anti-piracy patrol are returned to India (more…)

RN warship on pirate patrol

A Royal Navy warship has been carrying out emergency response operations in the Gulf as part of its maritime security patrol. (more…)

IMO pledges to assist in implementation of West and Central Africa piracy code

The IMO has pledged its support to assist in the implementation of a new Code of Conduct concerning the prevention and repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa, which has been adopted at a Ministerial meeting in Cotonou, Benin. (more…)

Iran Navy to boost presence in international waters: Iran MP

An Iranian legislator has praised the high capabilities of the Iranian naval forces, saying that the Islamic Republic’s Navy plans to enhance its presence in the international waters. (more…)