The Communications Linchpin in Present Day Anti-Piracy Operations
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Clear, reliable communications are absolutely mission essential for anti-piracy vessels. Mission comms requirements for modern offshore patrol vessels vary dramatically with ship size and profile, but V/UHF and HF still comprise the bulk of radio usage for ship board activity. In addition, technical frequency ranges must be available in secure or encrypted frequencies. Ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship comms are now compounded by the requirement for ship-to-air radio comms. Martin Kulbartsch of Rhode & Schwarz's Naval Communications Systems goes into fine detail on what modern OPVs will require to meet anti-piracy and humanitarian relief communication demands.