Maritime security: The week that was
UK ships may fire on pirates
Armed guards on ships in the Indian Ocean have permission to fire first to fend off Somali pirates, under new guidance issued to UK-flagged ships.
Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham said the new advice was clearer than earlier versions and was intended to give security teams instructions on when they can act.
"We make it clear it is illegal to use force for retaliation or revenge.
"If a security attachment believes a threat is imminent, it is not nec...
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