Counter-Piracy and CTF 151


Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement, Detachment 406 and the visit, board, search and seizure team embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto prepare to board and inspect a skiff suspected of participating in recent pirate activity. San Jacinto is part of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force established in January 2009 to conduct counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

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Credit: US Navy Visual News Service, May 31st, 2010

The third photo shows Petty Officer 1st Class Scottie Richard, assigned aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto, using the big eyes to maintain a visual on the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary as the two vessels prepare to conduct a replenishment at sea.