During three dramatic months we are onboard the high-technology Danish NATO warship Absalon where we get beneath the skin of the 150 crew members. We follow life on board and the intense hunt for pirates along the coast of Somalia, where hostage-taking, trading in human lives and open fire between NATO warships and rebuild fishing boats used by pirates as floating hostage prisons are the order of the day.
The power structure is uneven. The warships make the pirates’ improvised dinghies and old wooden fishing boats seem ridiculous. However, there is nothing to laugh about. As always, things are much more complicated and complex when you are in a tough dilemma with a gun at your disposal than they appear from a distance.