01/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Somali Pirates Outmaneuvering Warships From Several Countries

Rear Adm. Giovanni Gumiero is going on a pirate hunt.

From the deck of an Italian destroyer cruising the pirate-infested waters off Somalia's coast, he has all the modern tools at his fingertips -- radar, sonar, infrared cameras, helicopters, a cannon that can sink a ship 10 miles away -- to take on a centuries-old problem that harks back to the days of schooners and eye patches.

"Our presence will deter them," the admiral said confidently.

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