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U.S. Navy attacks suspected pirate skiffs in the Arabian Sea

HTC John Parkin / U.S. Navy via AP

In these photos provided by the U.S. Navy, a small boat being towed by a suspected pirate mothership is destroyed, Feb. 2, 2011, by weapons fire from the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen after Momsen disrupted an attack on a commercial oil tanker in the Arabian Sea. Momsen and the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill came to the aid of the merchant vessel simultaneously in a coordinated rescue and assist effort after receiving a distress call. Momsen and Bunker Hill are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

HTC John Parkin / U.S. Navy via AP

HTC John Parkin / U.S. Navy via AP