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Does the concept of "third rail" mean anything to you?

I think that the nasty pirate types may have unintentionally discovered its meaning.

Raiding the occasional tramp steamer and luxury yacht will get you press and an occasional flyover and some impotent support for the local coast guard, this action will get you gray ships loaded with serious (i.e. lethal) equipment and the capability to effectively utilize it.

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I think your link is broken:

Somali pirates hijack Saudi oil tanker with Britons on board - Times Online
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Pirates hijack Saudi 'super tanker' - CNN.com
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The economic and environmental impact of a super tanker falling into the wrong hands is enormous. We may soon see onboard security teams with .50 Barrett rifles fore and aft.

YouTube - Barrett M107 .50 Caliber sniper rifle
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Yea, my linky is broken but that is the story.
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The economic and environmental impact of a super tanker falling into the wrong hands is enormous. We may soon see onboard security teams with .50 Barrett rifles fore and aft.

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No I'm thinking more like USNavy Destroyer patrols/escorts. Radar aimed, rapid fire 5" guns make a really unhealthy environment for small pirate boats.
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I wonder how those pirates get on board a supertanker. Do they leave the pilot boarding ladder down?
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Threaten an unarmed tanker with an RPG or two and the pilot ladder comes down.

It seems that China, Russia/USSR, Korea et al. dumped about a gazillion of the things into the region.
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Some ships defend themselves with water canon (fire hoses). A rib fills up pretty quick.
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