E.U. Extends Anti-Piracy Operation Off the Somali Coast

The E.U. Anti-Piracy mission was extended in June for 12 months until late 2010 in an area of operations that has doubled in size to 2 million square miles. At the core of the new co-ordination is a computer-based system known as Mercury, billed as a "highly secure but unclassified" way to share real-time, tactical information across an open network among the nations that have sent shops to patrol Somali territorial waters. Mercury plots vessel movements with flash reports in incidents, sha...
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