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    Pirates armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked an American luxury cruise liner with 150 passengers called the Seabourn Spirit in the Indian Ocean on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005. After trying to run over the pirates' skiffs, the cruise ship outran them. The ship docked safely in the Seychelles Islands on Nov. 7. Piracy off the coast of Somalia, which lacks a functioning central government, began to spike in 2005.
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    The Antigua and Barbuda flagged and German-owned vessel Magellan Star was attacked and boarded by pirates on Sept. 8, 2010.
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    U.S. Marine Corps snipers provide cover and observation Thursday, Sept. 9 during a boarding and seizure operation to retake the motor vehicle Magellan Star from suspected pirates. Nine pirates were taken into custody and transferred to the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59). The eleven crew members aboard Magellan Star resumed control of their vessel. Dubuque is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    Marines assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maritime Raid Force, embarked aboard the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8), stand on the deck of the motor vessel M/V Magellan Star with crew members the Marines freed from suspected pirates. The Marines conducted a board and seizure operation after Magellan Star was attacked and boarded by pirates Sept. 8. Dubuque is part of CTF 151, the multinational task force established by Combined Maritime Forces to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin.
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  • US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates

    U.S. Navy officials order seven suspected pirates to keep their hands in the air after they tried to hijack a commercial ship. The men were captured Feb. 11, 2009 by the USS Vella Gulf, a guided-missile cruiser that detects and deters piracy. The men were kept aboard the ship until they were transferred by helicopter to the U.S. Navy ship Lewis and Clark.
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  • US Navy ship apprehends Somali pirates

    The U.S. Navy approaches the suspected pirates in an inflatable boat. The suspects were armed with AK-47 rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
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  • Somali Pirates

    On April 8, 2009, four Somali pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia. The crew of 20 repelled the assault and sank the pirates speedboat, but the pirates took Capt. Richard Phillips hostage in one of the Maersk Alabama's lifeboats. Phillips was held captive by pirates in the lifeboat in the Indian Ocean for five days. On April 12, US Navy Seal snipers shot and killed the kidnapers in the lifeboat. After the successful rescue of Capt. Phillilps, the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge can be seen towing the lifeboat to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, in background, Monday, April 13, 2009, to be processed for evidence.
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    A team from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer boards the lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama, Monday, April 13, 2009, after the successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips.
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    Maersk-Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips, right, stands alongside Cmdr. Frank Castellano, commanding officer of USS Bainbridge, April 12, 2009, after being rescued by U.S Naval Forces off the coast of Somalia.
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    The burned-out hull of a suspected pirate skiff drifts near the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland, April 10, 2010. While operating approximately 330 nautical miles off the coast of Djibouti, Ashland was fired on and returned fire, disabling a skiff manned by suspected pirates. Ashland deployed a team to rescue the suspects from the sea.
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