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Counter-piracy escort operations in the Gulf of Aden

dc.contributor.advisorLucas, Thomas W.
dc.contributor.authorTsilis, Thomas
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentOperations Research (OR)
dc.contributor.secondreaderKline, Jeffrey.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:46:12Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:46:12Z
dc.date.issued2011-06
dc.description.abstractIncreased pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden (GOA) has gotten the attention of the international community, and many countries are engaged in counter-piracy operations to protect vulnerable shipping and provide humanitarian aid. In February 2009, the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) was established in order to introduce safer and more organized passage for all merchant vessels transiting the GOA. This thesis uses simulation to identify the key factors involved in escorting vulnerable shipping through the Gulf of Aden (GOA). Specifically, a scenario in which a group of merchant ships travels under escort of a warship is modeled using an agent-based simulation environment. Using state-of-the-art experimental designs, over 300,000 counter-piracy escort missions are simulated and analyzed. The results indicate that convoys are most successful when they contain fewer than 14 merchant ships, travel at speeds greater than 18 knots, position the warship in front or on the flank of the convoy, and identify pirates at a range of no less than 4 kilometers. It is found that three or more pirate vessels are especially difficult to counter, as are pirates travelling at speeds greater than 39 knots.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/counterpiracyesc109455633
dc.format.extentxxii, 63 p. : col. ill. ;en_US
dc.identifier.oclc743341626
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/5633
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPiracyen_US
dc.subject.lcshExperimental designen_US
dc.subject.lcshModelingen_US
dc.titleCounter-piracy escort operations in the Gulf of Adenen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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etd.thesisdegree.disciplineOperations Researchen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S.en_US
etd.verifiednoen_US
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