The Navy did issue a response to the pirates:
I jest, they did not blow up a freighter full of benzene.
I’ve been following these piracy stories off the coast of Somalia with some interest, actually. The concept of modern piracy is fascinating; despite not being in the age of sail any longer, piracy itself is alive and well. In lesser developed areas, such as the Somali/Nigerian coasts, we’ve seen a significant spike in pirate attacks, hence the increased presence of the US Navy.
The Somali pirates are my “favorite” modern pirates – rarely are they a rag-tag band of screw-ups, but rather they are usually experienced fighters with decent equipment. Plus, since there really isn’t an effective central government in Somalia, they can basically operate with impunity. The US Navy can’t watch ever freighter that goes in and out of the area, and the Somali pirates are pretty skilled at evading detection.
In my opinion, an effective way to deal with the pirates in the area would be a revival of the Q-Ship concept. While not particularly successful against German subs during WWII, a merchant ship that was heavily armed with a well trained/experienced crew hold its own against a small pirate force, as the local pirates do not have access to submarines.