After a lot of different acts of piracy that has been committed in the region near Somalia, the forces of the United States Military are now becoming involved.
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are participating in exercises off the coast of Somalia, joining the Combined Task Force 151 located on site.
Marines and United States forces that are on the ships will be ready to respond with force the next time that a ship or vessel is seized by pirates. With the different ships that have been seized, recently the United Nations set forth a set or rules and mandates.
With these rules the United States will now be able to participate in stopping these piracy offenses.
More than 40 vessels have been hijacked in the last year, and the MEU and U.S. Marine Forces are anxious to be able to capture and stop this hijacking activity. The new Task Force 151 is a force made up of air and sea units, designed to prevent the hijacking any more new vessels.
U.S. Marines and Sailors aboard the USS San Antonio, one of the ships in the Task Force 151 are ready and practicing drills to be prepared to stop any new hijacking attempts.