Irregular Sea Control for Counter-Piracyst Century Seapower first cited maritime security as an expanded core capability. But to be truly effective, counter-piracy and other low-end missions must be considered unified, combined, and joint. Minimally and efficiently manned and equipped, persistent sea bases could provide cost-effective solutions for one of our oldest and most enduring core capabilities: sea control.
Somali pirates, using small skiffs and operating with hijacked fishing vessels as mother ships, present a highly diffuse and distributed threat to commercial maritime shipping. The international community has responded by sending largely high-end warships that operate collectively with U.S. Navy units in Commander, Fifth Fleet's Task Force 150 and 151, the European Union's EUNAVFOR under Operation Atalanta, NATO's Allied Mission Protector, or else independently, as is the case with China, Russia, India, Malaysia, and others.