Although maritime piracy has been a threat to shipping companies and private boaters for years, it only charges to the forefront of the public's consciousness in the wake of another bold strike by the pirates or a counterpunch delivered by the U.S. Navy or multinational forces. The last 18 months have seen a number of high-profile attacks, the most notable being the seizure of the Maersk Alabama in April 2009. Captain Richard Phillips was held hostage for several days before Navy SEALs ended the drama (and those particular pirates' careers). Pirates have even attacked naval vessels, not realizing their mistake until it was too late. What, then, is the current state of play since our last detailed look at piracy and maritime terrorism in December 2008 ?