Dutch Navy Re-Take Ship Captured by Pirates
Fascinating video of a Dutch Navy strike team recapturing a German vessel that had been captured by Somali pirates. It shows just how dangerous, expensive, and difficult it is to combat piracy. It looks cool, but frankly, the Somali pirates have the Dutch and everyone else outnumbered. There can’t be that many of these kinds of strike teams and there are a lot of Somali pirates. And the pirates get to head off to the Netherlands for trial, a place much nicer than where they came from. (UPDATE: See this FP essay which makes this point very persuasively). Still, kudos to the Dutch Navy (actually, I assume it is the Dutch Marines) for doing their part in this Sisyphean battle.