Awesome Footage Of American & Russian Navy Blowing Somali Pirates To Tiny Bits
The mandatory sentence for piracy has been life in prison since 1909. Before that, the mandatory punishment was death. Since piracy has always been the scourge of the 7 seas, raiding merchant ships and sending the vessels to the bottom of the ocean and the crews of these ships were at most time slaughtered out of hand. It’s no wonder that most pirates when not killed immediately, who when captured, were almost always hung.
Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a threat to international shipping since the second phase of the Somali Civil War, around 2000, when foreign ships exploited the absence of an effective national coast guard by invading the fishing grounds and also dumping illegal waste that would further diminish the local catch.
Fishing communities responded by forming armed groups to deter the invaders by hijacking commercial vessels. But this grew into a lucrative trade, with large ransom payments, and financial gain (piracy) was clearly the main motive.
International organisations began to express concern over the new piracy on account of its high cost to global trade and the incentive to profiteer by insurance companies and others. The Somali government has been active in policing the area, though some believe that it wants to collaborate with the pirates as a bulwark against Islamist insurgents.
An anti-piracy coalition known as Combined Task Force 150 established a Maritime Security Patrol Area in the Gulf of Aden, aided by India and Russia. By 2010, these patrols were paying off, with a steady drop in the number of incidents. As of November 2017, there were no major vessels or hostages remaining in pirate captivity.
As you can see in the video, when refusing to surrender, these pirate vessels are destroyed in open water and if any pirate crew does manage to survive, they are taken into custody and prosecuted.