5th Fleet Commander: Pirate Attacks Down, But 'Monumental Task' Continues

By Zachary M. Peterson / November 18, 2009 at 5:00 AM
Despite a recent attempt by Somali pirates to hijack a U.S.-flagged merchant ship, increased naval force off the coast of East Africa has led to a reduction in piracy, the U.S. Navy admiral who oversees the effort told reporters today. However, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney added that the expanse of water and limited number of ships patrolling the region continues to be a challenge to attempts to eliminate the threat. "Given the density of the shipping that is in the...

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