Fighting Real Life Pirates

Fighting Real Life Pirates

Far from the Caribbean, the Straits of Malacca, a narrow stretch of water between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra is the main shipping channel between the Indian and Pacific oceans and is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world. It also a Pirate haven against shipping dating back centuries. Every US Navy ship that sails through these waters is…

Isolated and off-the- beaten path: Masirah Island, Oman
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Isolated and off-the- beaten path: Masirah Island, Oman

Masirah Isand, Oman, not so much a tourist destination as a landing strip on a desert island in the Arabian Sea for C130s delivering supplies to the US Navy. I have been on this island and anchored off shore too many times to count. The USS Niagara Falls would make runs from Diego Garcia BIOT,…

Isolated and Extremely Off-the-beaten path: Diego Garcia, BIOT
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Isolated and Extremely Off-the-beaten path: Diego Garcia, BIOT

Strictly speaking it’s a top secret military base and an alleged black-ops CIA location in the middle of the Indian Ocean and closed to travelers. I have been to Diego Garcia at least a dozen times while in the Navy, and the last time I was there was 1983. It’s beauty is unmatched by any…