The U.S. Navy takes a strong stand against piracy, and is part of an international task force dedicated to the issue. Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) includes sophisticated monitoring of the world's oceans by both ships and aircraft.
In this video, learn about the threats pirates pose to military and civilian operations, and what the U.S. Navy is doing to stop them.
The Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship, was hijacked off the coast of Somalia in 2009. In what ocean did this crime take place?
Most pirates operate off the large peninsula in East Africa sometimes called the Somali Peninsula. What is the common name of this geographic feature?
Rear Admiral Michelle Howard explains how pirates use "low-tech" weaponry to attack ships. What weapons and tools does Adm. Howard mention?
Vice Admiral William Gortney outlines how the U.S. Navy works with commercial shipping companies and the United Nations to patrol the region for pirates. What other international organizations work with CTF-151, the counter-piracy task force?
What are some "best practices" recommended by the Navy and CTF-151 to prevent pirate attacks?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry civilian Noun
person who is not in the military.
large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: ocean pirate Noun
thief who steals from ships or ships' crews while at sea.
knowledgeable or complex.
U.S. Navy Noun
military branch whose mission is "to maintain, train, and equip combat ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas."