Here’s a real-life pirate ship:
A vessel controlled by suspected pirates is located in the Indian Ocean, Jan. 21, 2006, by the guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and other U.S. naval forces after receiving a report of an attempted act of piracy from the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur. Churchill later established communications and boarded the vessel. DoD photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Kenneth Anderson, U.S. Navy. (Released)
Click for better look. Bigger version at JCCC.
For more on the story, see The Officers’ Club, which writes
“Piracy” off the Somali coast, I believe, is an AP friendly term for sea-borne terrorism. I’m reminded of the War-gaming debacle that happened a few years ago involving General VanRiper. As OPFOR commander, he surrounded the US Naval forces with small planes and ships innocuously, and then ordered them all in for a mass-suicide attack, effectively sinking the US fleet and stopping the war-game dead in its tracks [emphasis Murdoc’s]
Although some (many?) pirates are probably just the good-old sea-based thieves and robbers with wooden legs, hook hands, and a parrot on one shoulder, there is no doubt that our enemies, and the enemies of all modern civilization, can and will use the sea lanes for their purposes.