Guarding suspected pirates is new for U.S. Marines but just as in many of the jobs they have undertaken in their history, they take it in stride.
There have been so far 16 individuals that have been arrested by the combined United States and NATO forces. The only brig is the ?Pirate Brig? that is being maintained for now on the Military Sealift command supply ship.
They arrive at the jail that is being maintained by the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit on board the supply ship Lewis and Clark. All they seem to want to do as inmates is sleep, and when awake they seem very aware of their surroundings, and are very well behaved.
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?We supply them food, climate control, a roomy area confined, and showers, they live better here than they did on their ships,? said the US Marine Corps Officer in charge. There are 20 guard in the assigned unit, that maintain and supervise the military brig.
The pirates are scheduled to be housed on board ship until they can be transferred to a Kenya based pirate court, but the details as of February 20th had not been worked out.