Pirate attacks continue in the Somalia region of the Indian Ocean. Last week a group of pirates attacked a Liberian-flagged tanker MV Evita. The destroyer U.S.S. Farragut was in the vicinity and came to the Evitaâ€™s assistance. After capturing the pirates, Farragut set the piratesâ€™ vessel aflame as seen in the accompanying USN photo.
One voyager recently emailed his thoughts on security for voyaging vessels: â€œI observed a number of Type A personality American males [in the Caribbean], in a bar at happy hour and within minutes one or more of them will ask â€˜you got a gun aboard?â€™
â€œRule #1 is never talk about something like this ashore. The bartender is probably related to the chief of police. In fact, never talk about this with others at all. Just say no, I don’t have one aboard. The minute you admit you have one, even to another cruiser you are at risk with the local officials. People have big mouths and like to blab.
â€œThe absolute most powerful weapon to have aboard (when in port) is a one-watt bulb burning in the cockpit. If there are 20 boats anchored and three or four have lights on deck, guess which boats a potential boarder is going to go to? It’s not as sexy as a “full auto” something or other but the fact is – it works.â€