So now these pirates have hijacked an enormous crude carrier 450 miles out to sea. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article5180546.ece Personally, I find it hard to fathom how the US and British navies cannot deal with this threat. These are a bunch of guys in speedboats, not some high tech operation. Saudi Arabia has AWACS planes. Why not use them to track the area and when they see pirates approaching a ship, dispatch planes to blow the shit out of them and any mother ship in the area. Do that a couple of times and problem solved. I also fail to see why a crude carrier would stop just because they get hit with gunfire. Send out a distress call and hang on. Jets should be there in minutes. Perhaps it is time to start sending armed guards on these ships. Maybe a new opportunity for Blackwater? We also know exactly where they are based. The article says it is common knowledge. Send a Delta Froce team in there and blow up the entire place. Problem solved again. Innocent casualties? Sorry, that is the price you pay for living in a pirate town. Or, we can do what we are doing now, which is appparently nothing, leaving seamen hostage for months on end and paying huge ransomes.