Captured vessels used by the pirates as motherships have afforded the Somali pirates a great deal more range (Source: US Navy)

110202-N-2907P-002 ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 2) A small boat being
towed by a suspected pirate mothership in the Arabian Sea is destroyed by
USS Momsen (DDG 92), after the guided-missile destroyer received a distress
call and disrupted an attack on a commercial oil tanker. Momsen and USS
Bunker Hill (CG 54) came to the aid of the merchant vessel simultaneously in
a coordinated rescue and assist effort. Momsen and Bunker Hill are deployed
supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation
efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief
Hull Maintenance Technician John Parkin/Released)

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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