Going on the Account: Running Silent, Running Afar…

This article from BBC about the Dutch providing a submarine for duty off Somalia has a few points of interest; the smaller of the two is the idea of using subs to go after pirates, which I hope was handled with all the dignity Irwin Allen could muster on the episode “The Return of Blackbeard” from VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

…mind you, should I find and watch this episode and later discover this was not the case, then hell, there’s going to be a sudden opening in the market for pirates-and-submarines fiction that I’m going to try and fill…

The more important point is provided by the graphic showing the range that the modern buccaneers have traveled to go after prizes.  About the only thing keeping them from going around the other side of the Arabian Peninsula for some truly rich treasures is the presence of the 5th Fleet in the area, seconded in difficulty by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which recently took over the Iranian navy.   And there’s probably a few that might just look at that as a challenge…

What’s striking, though, is how surprised some folks seem to be by the long distances the pirates are willing to go.  Throughout history, pirates have been willing to venture further than anticipated; case in point was the time Francis Drake took the REALLY LONG way home

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