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Evidence of small arms fire impact is visible on USS Cape St. George’s  (CG 71) hull after suspected pirates opened fire on USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) and Cape St. George.
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Indian Ocean (March 18, 2006) - Evidence of small arms fire impact is visible on USS Cape St. Georges (CG 71) hull after suspected pirates opened fire on USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) and Cape St. George. The ships were conducting maritime security operations in international waters off the coast of Somalia and prepared to board a suspicious vessel towing two skiffs. The suspected pirates opened fire on the U.S. Navy ships and the ship's crew members returned fire. One suspect was killed and 12 were taken into custody. Coalition forces conduct maritime security operations to ensure security and safety in international waters so legitimate mariners can operate freely while transiting the region. U.S. Navy photo (RELEASED)

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