2 SD-Based Ships Fend Off Pirates

By Lindsay Hood
|  Monday, May 9, 2011  |  Updated 1:25 PM PDT
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2 SD-Based Ships Fend Off Pirates

The USS Carl Vinson (shown) and the USS Bunker Hill helped intercept pirates in the Arabian Sea.

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Two San Diego based warships seem to be working overtime while deployed off the coast of the Arabian Sea.

The USS Carl Vinson, along with the USS Bunker Hill, stopped pirates from preying on unsuspecting boaters in the Gulf of Oman, the government reports.

On May 5th, the ships received word of a pirate attack on the Panamanian vessel Full City by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization. The two warships along with the Turkish ship Giresun, which is part of NATO's counter piracy operation Ocean Shield, moved to intercept the pirates and its mothership.

The USS Bunker Hill arrived to find the suspected pirates' mothership and took the pirates into custody.

Earlier this month, the body of Osama bin Laden was brought to the USS Carl Vinson for a traditional Islamic burial in the North Arabian Sea.

The Bunker Hill and Carl Vinson are on a routine deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.

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