I know that one of the first tasks of our Navy and Marine Corps was to protect vessels from piracy and seam to remember them putting US Marines on board merchant vessels for that purpose. The merchant fleet owners say that they do not want to arm crews and that while armed security is perfectly legal on the high seas, they would run into a morass of laws when sailing in and out of territorial waters and harbors. My question is this: Do these laws of individual countries pertain to the sworn members of the military of the country under which a vessel is flagged? Or is this permitted under international law? Certainly we are talking about countries that recognize one another. I am sure you can see where I am going on this.