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Pirate Alley

Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia
McKnight, Terry (Book - 2012)
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Named a "Notable Naval Book of 2012" by Proceedings Magazine Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.) served as Commander, Counter-Piracy Task Force-Gulf of Aden. He wrote the first draft of the Navy's handbook on fighting piracy while serving as the initial commander of Combined Task Force 151, an international effort to deploy naval vessels from several nations in a manner designed to prevent piracy in the Gulf of Aden and farther out into the Indian Ocean. McKnight personally commanded operations that disrupted several hijackings in progress, and resulted in the capture of sixteen Somali pirates. That's when he ran head-on into the bizarre U.S. policy of catch-and-release, and realized that there's a lot more to fighting piracy than just catching some skinny youngsters armed with AK-47s and RPGs. After his tour in the waters off the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, he retired from the Navy and began seriously researching the subject. As a result, he and his co-author, journalist Michael Hirsh, have put together a very readable book that serves as a comprehensive introductory course on the subject. Pirate Alley includes a behind-the-scenes look at the SEAL Team 6 takedown of the pirates who had kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama. It also reveals what a young Ph.D. candidate from Duke University found during three months on the ground in Somali pirate villages. Pirate Alley explores every aspect of Somali piracy, from how the pirates operate to how the actions of a relative handful of youthful criminals and their bosses have impacted the world economy. The book examines various answers to the question "How do you solve a problem like Somalia?" It explores the debate over the recently adopted practice of putting armed guards aboard merchant ships, and focuses on the best management practices that are changing the ways that ships are outfitted for travel through what's known as the High Risk Area. Readers will learn that the consequence of protecting high quality targets such as container ships and crude oil carriers may be that pirates turn to crime on land, such as the kidnapping of foreigners. Pirate Alley also focuses on the worldwide economic impact of piracy, noting that despite claims that piracy is costing as much as $13 billion a year, one of the largest commercial shipping companies argues that over-reaching national and international shipping regulations have a significantly greater negative effect on the world's economy than does piracy. In the book's conclusion, McKnight contends that, in the interest of justice, nations need to beef up their ability to prosecute and imprison captured pirates. And that the United States has no choice but to continue to hew to a policy that was first stated in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution: The Congress shall have Power...to define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations.
Authors: McKnight, Terry
Title: Pirate Alley
commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2012
Characteristics: xx, 233 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Terry McKnight and Michael Hirsh ; [foreword by Jim Miklaszewski]
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Rules of engagement
Finally, Terry meets the pirates
Piracy 101
Best management practices
Should merchant ships be armed?
Crime without punishment
To pay or not to pay
Attack on the Maersk Alabama
Hostage in the lifeboat
The rescue of Captain Phillips
Chopstick diplomacy on the high seas
Strategy and tactics
A course to steer
Additional Contributors: Hirsh, Michael 1943-
ISBN: 1612511341
9781612511344
Branch Call Number: 364.164096773 M1595p 2012
Subject Headings: Aden, Gulf of History, Naval 21st century Somalia History, Naval 21st century Hijacking of ships Aden, Gulf of Prevention Hijacking of ships Somalia Prevention Combined Task Force 151 (International Naval Task Force) Piracy Aden, Gulf of 21st century Piracy Somalia 21st century Pirates Somalia 21st century
Topical Term: Hijacking of ships
Hijacking of ships
Piracy
Piracy
Pirates
LCCN: 2012027964
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The author, Terry McKnight, commanded the multinational naval task force initially charged with combating piracy off the Somali coast and was in command when American SEALs freed Richard Phillips. In this book he not only details his experience but also delves into the causes of Somali piracy and... Read More »


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May 07, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Special Ops guys don't need a surface warfare officer telling them how to do their job.

May 07, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So it's a toss-up for the pirates -- arrest, conviction, and asylum in a western nation, or success, money, and emigration.

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