Monday, January 30, 2012

Armed Guards To Protect UK Ships

On the 30th of October 2011 British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that ships sailing under the British flag will be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates, 49 vessels were hijacked off the coast of Somalia last year. Up to 200 vessels flying the red ensign (the British merchant navy flag) regularly sail close to the coast of Somalia and it is thought that many British registered vessels already carry armed guards because they feel that they have no alternative.

Mr Cameron was asked if he was comfortable with giving private security operatives the right to "shoot to kill" if necessary, and told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "We have to make choices.

Is this moving in the right direction? Do we need to take these measures? or is it just gone to far with the right to "shoot to kill"? Join in the discussion and leave a comment

David Cameron's interview can be seen on the BBC web site on the below link.

Below is another clip on the topic from QBE Europe.

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