Hunting Somali pirates from the air

Help

Piracy off the Somali coast is estimated to be costing the shipping industry nearly $7bn (£4.4bn).

Along with the growing terrorist threat, it is one of the main reasons David Cameron has convened this week's Somalia conference in London.

Over 100 seafarers and several ships are currently held for ransom in often atrocious conditions.

Frank Gardner has become the first British journalist to be allowed aboard an Australian maritime patrol aircraft, as it flew a counter-piracy mission over the Somali Basin.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.