Bit of thread necromancy, but saw this today:
"Ships sailing under a British flag will be able to carry armed guards
to protect them from pirates, the prime minister has announced.
David Cameron says he wants to combat the risks to shipping off the
coast of Somalia, where 49 of the world's 53 hijackings last year took
No ship carrying armed security has yet been hijacked, the government claims.
Up to 200 vessels flying the red ensign - the British merchant navy
flag - regularly sail close to Somalia.
Officials estimate that about 100 of those would immediately apply for
permission to have armed guards."
"Asked if he was comfortable with giving private security operatives
the right to "shoot to kill" if necessary, Mr Cameron told BBC One's
Andrew Marr Show: "We have to make choices.
"Frankly, the extent of the hijack and ransom of ships round the Horn
of Africa is a complete stain on our world.
"The fact that a bunch of pirates in Somalia are managing to hold to
ransom the rest of the world and our trading system is a complete
insult and the rest of the world needs to come together with much more
Peter Cook, director of the Security Association for the Maritime
Industry (Sami), said: "We welcome this carefully considered change of
policy and we will continue with our accreditation programme to ensure
that maritime security guards are of the highest standards.""
ObDG: Covered it a few years ago, but ship at sea + mythos artifact +
cultists = floating haunted house / OUTPOST scenario.