Pacific Maritime Magazine - Marine Business for the Operations Sector

Private Warships and Maritime Security


Thanks to the runaway success of the movie Captain Phillips, the wider world’s attention has again focused on maritime piracy. Casual viewers often seem puzzled that Somali pirates have been out of the news lately, and are surprised to learn that private security has played a key role in suppressing them. The popular image is of suntanned ex-Royal Marines with Kevlar and assault rifles, patrolling the upper decks of merchant ships as they pass through the High Risk Area. Although such embarked guards are indeed the most common form of private security, there is another largely untold stor...

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