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Too damn expensive to rotate so far. Think of the fuel. Think that you have to maintaint a deterrent presence on a continuous basis, it must be very cost-efficient.

Besides, you wouldn't want to do this with a fighter bomber. What you need is a few propeller patrol aircrafts to monitor the area, and a flotilla of armored multi-role helicopters like CH-53G for the actual interventions. Even a frigate is not appropriate against the kind of very light boats used by the pirates.

Ain't nothing we do not already have. Even the support bases (think Djibouti). It's only a question of political will and funding.

Pierre

by Pierre on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 08:13:08 AM EST
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