Navy vs. Pirates

A major operation to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast is today’s worse threat against merchant ships. Damages to world commerce amount to hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and are caused by a bunch of criminals who, motivated by hunger and poverty, attack huge cargo ships from tiny speedboats, armed only with hooks, rusting machine guns and an almost suicidal will. To prevent attacks, NATO has deployed an imposing fleet of warships, which constantly patrol the waters of the Gulf of Aden, considered today among the world’s most treacherous.
The operation is called Ocean Shield: a mighty shield against a small sword, which nonetheless can prove incredibly lethal.