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WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) — The doctrine for any joint U.S.-Russian-European operation against the pirates operating from the Somali coast against international shipping should reach beyond interception and destruction of the pirate vessels.
It also should employ its technological advantages over the pirates, including night vision capabilities for ships and aircraft; unmanned aerial vehicles — UAVs — for intelligence and interception; satellite image reconnaissance; eavesdropping on the pirates’ satellite phones; and strategic surprise through nighttime commando raids.
In order to accomplish such goals, a naval task force that combines well-armed naval ships of smaller tonnage, such as frigates and corvettes, is needed. A good example are the Eilat-class — Sa’ar 5 — corvettes built by the United States for the Israeli navy in the 1990s by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems — formerly Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. of Pascagoula, Miss. — based on Israeli designs.