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would be appropriate for cruise ships traveling in the area. They would be from the country of registration or ownership. They used them during WW2 to escort troop ships. The companies could compensate the associate Navy for this protection. I believe US warships might provide this coverage at no cost. We love shooting at things.
An interesting idea, and one that some lines would certainly agree with. Recently Seabourn Spirit sailed through the Gulf of Aden as part of a convoy led by a French naval vessel. Germany's sending their own warship, and a report from industry publication Seatrade noted that German defense minister Franz Josef Jung had suggested that cruise ships could be charged for protection.
While it is nice seeing countries like China, Germany, Russia and Italy receiving credit for protecting shipping in the Gulf of Aden, it would be nice to see acknowledgment a little closer to home as well. Not only has Canada had a Frigate in the Gulf of Aden for some time, but a Canadian officer also Commands the coalition forces patrolling there.
"Commodore Bob Davidson (Canadian Navy), commander Combined Task Force 150, will command naval forces in the patrol area."
- Commander - US Naval Forces Central Command,
26 August 2008