Question by BrianG: How many countries have a navy presence in the Gulf of Aden and of Somalia to fight off pirates?
Also how many ships from each country have a presence to help with the pirate situation?
Answer by Carrot
A whole lot. To date (just to name a few) the United States, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Yemen have participated in counter-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden. Some of them are working as part of a NATO task force, some as part of an EU task force, some as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (led by the US Fifth Fleet), and some working independently.
How many ships… now that’s a whole other question. Not enough to patrol that entire area, which is over a million square miles of ocean. Last time I checked, the NATO task force had five ships and the EU was hoping to have 20 when it gets to full strength, but currently had four or five. Russia has a couple.
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