Maritime Raid Force Recaptures Ship From Pirates

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The first wave of assault force approaches motor vessel Magellan Star Sept. 9 to recover it from suspected pirates who took the vessel Sept. 8. The nine pirates were taken to the USS Princeton, and the eleven crew members resumed control of their vessel.
Dubuque is part of Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo/Petty Officer 1st Class David McKee)

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