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You want boots on the ground, or rather boots on the land. While carpet bombing Eyl (where the pirates are based) might sound like an attractive idea, people will complain because of the collateral damage.

You need to go in with troops and root out the pirates, and you'll need to do this until these people understand they're not supposed to behave like thiefs.

Speaking of that boat docking ability, that's for really small boats, more assault craft than anything like missile boats.

What I'd like to see is some kind of mothership concept which could tender a small combat group of standardised boats with a modular capacity. That is, with some cranes and welding they could swiftly be changed from missile boats, to gun boats, to AA boats to radar boats, to assault boats, to ASW boats, to... You get the point.

And the mothership is there to give them endurance, modul storage, a hospital, better C3I and so on. But as this would be a cheap idea, count on it never ever being realized.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 04:02:58 PM EST
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