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Gulf of Aden

US destroyer and PLA warship team up on drill

Sino-US military exchanges reached a significant high-water mark this week with the first joint anti-piracy exercises between the two navies.

Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 2:48pm 1 comment

Ransom letters from Somali pirates reveal their professionalism

Welcome to the Pirate Action Group. Pirate commander Jamal wishes to congratulate you on being hijacked. Kindly speak to his negotiator about your ransom, bearing in mind that his demands are similar for every vessel he seizes.

This is not an absurd joke - this is how the pirates of the African coast do business, and it's a serious matter for the companies that have to pay out.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:11am

Somali pirate negotiator gets 12 life sentences in US court

A Somali man who acted as a ransom negotiator for pirates who seized a United States yacht last year and killed four US hostages has been sentenced by a US federal judge to serve 12 life sentences.

15 Aug 2012 - 4:23am

Navy ready for greater role in global missions

The Chinese navy must prepare itself for new challenges and accept a greater role in international peace-keeping missions as the nation's power and influence expand in global affairs, a senior naval officer said yesterday.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hero's welcome for pirate patrol warships

Two mainland warships that escorted Hong Kong vessels through dangerous waters off Somalia played host to more than a thousand visitors at Stonecutters Island yesterday.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Somali pirates free HK-managed vessel

Somali pirates have freed the Hong Kong-managed chemical tanker Fairchem Bogey, almost five months after the ship was hijacked in a daring attack in the outer port area of Salalah in Oman.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

China may have to pick up the slack on piracy

China and other nations operating independent naval patrols to combat Somali pirates may have to send extra warships next year to make up for a shortfall in patrolling vessels as Western navies are struggling with tighter budgets.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Guns alone won't defeat Somali pirates

The world's merchant shipping firms may soon encounter their worst year yet from piracy off the Somali coast. That is the word from maritime security experts, who warn that as the weather gets nicer in the waters off the Horn of Africa, the attacks from armed raiders upon vessels will intensify in number and ferocity.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Experts warn Somali piracy season could be longer and more violent

Pirate attacks on merchant ships in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea could become more violent and sustained when the new season for Somali pirate attacks starts shortly, maritime security experts say.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Shipowners seek U.N. anti-piracy force

The United Nations should establish an armed peacekeeping force that can be deployed on board merchant vessels to tackle the growing piracy menace in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, says a major group of maritime organisations.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am