WASHINGTON (AP) - High seas piracy remains a problem in search
of a solution, even in the afterglow of the U.S. Navy's daring
rescue of a sea captain from Somali pirates.
Overall, the Navy's effort to coordinate with other
international warships and the shipping industry to crack down on
cargo vessel seizures has changed little.
Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central
Command, says pirates have merely headed elsewhere to avoid the
growing armada arrayed against them.
He spoke from Bahrain during a news conference detailing the
operation that freed Capt. Richard Phillips and left three pirates
dead and one in American custody. Phillips is reported to be
resting aboard a Navy ship.
Gortney told reporters that recent crackdowns that led to
criminal charges against 130 suspected pirates haven't reduced the
number of hijacking attempts.