Coasties and Marines Join Navy Pirate-Fighting Force

13.02.09

Categorie: Africa, Inter-Service Rivalry, Naval, Piracy |

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Washington’s new Maritime Strategy calls for “a persistent global presence … comprised of integrated Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard capabilities.” These days, the Navy hardly goes anywhere without its maritime pals in tow.

Nowhere is this more true than in Africa, where the Navy’s Combined Task Force 151 has gone on the offensive against Somali pirates, rounding up 17 just this week. The four-ship CTF-151 includes scores of Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

After all, the Marines are good at pulling security in dangerous waters, and the Coasties know all about ship-boarding and forensics. “Our role is to augment and train U.S. Navy visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams,” said Coastie Lieutenant Greg Ponzi, commander of Law Enforcement Detachment 405, integrated in CTF-151.  “The LEDET has years of boarding experience and has safely completed hundreds of vessel boardings collectively.”

The Coasties also help with gathering evidence from suspect boats, in order to support prosecution in Kenya.

As for the Marines, their job in CTF-151 is to guard the captured pirate suspects in their holding “cell,” actually a modified cargo bay on the supply ship Lewis and Clark.

(Photo: Navy)

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3 Responses to “Coasties and Marines Join Navy Pirate-Fighting Force”

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