Nobody suggested using irregulars RF .( except , apparently , the French Government ). As stated in my post the job plainly needs to be done by REGULARS to get around the issue of trying to arm civilian crews who would probably miss and hit each other anyway .
I am saying that the threat posed , at present , is of such a low order that you could use simple infantry units from places like Uraguay , the Philipines , Iceland , Mexico , Morocco , Thailand and Fiji .
You dont need the 101st Airborne , the Royal Marines , or the Preobrashensky regiment to do the job .
And where is all this "political inexpedience" coming from ? Has any state in the area actually objected to any anti piracy measures , or refused to co-operate in any way ? Have the international community even been asked ? Have the Ship operators been asked ? I dont see any active eyes on this issue at all at present .
Until some Western Leader takes the initiative over this problem and does something effective about it then the thing will carry on endlessly , and being seen to be profitable , it will get worse .
As for the cost ,
Firstly , the soldiers required would be being paid anyway , so they might as well be paid for doing something useful .
Secondly , the costs of modifying the ships is small , compared to the total costs incurred in the whole capture/ransom process .
The armament is cheap because its all laying there in the armouries now , and the ammo is just small standard stuff too .
Thirdly , It's a lot cheaper than a Q ship . With a DEMS unit aboard anything of size , they are all going to be Q ships anyway .
And with the institution of specific sea lanes in which all vessels are to sail ,
and the institution of satellite radio alarm transmitters in every ship ,
( like the EPRIB transmitters for emergencies , you just key the thing and it sends I.D., position and a preset sos signal continuously which automated receiving stations pick up and set off an alarm to a human watchkeeper )
and the organisation of daily convoys along the frequented routes ,
you could make it much harder for the pirates .
" Relax ! No-one else is going to be fool enough to be sailing about in this fog ."