1. There are no significant events to report this week.
2. Despite the suppression of Somali based piracy, the threat to shipping posed by spill over from regional conflicts demonstrates that the need to maintain an effective and coherent naval presence in the area remains. IMCMEX 2017 will demonstrate the Combined Maritime Forces commitment, capability and capacity to ensure maritime trade can flow unimpeded through the region. Meanwhile Britain recently strengthened its presence in the Gulf region as it took control of US Task Force 50 for the first time.
3. A recent report suggests many former Somali pirates have diversified their criminal activities and are now actively involved in the lucrative people smuggling and trafficking trade.