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Combined Task Force 151 hunts down pirates in the Gulf of Aden

By James Warden, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Sunday, March 29, 2009

(Day One of a two-day series)

THE GULF OF ADEN — The USS Boxer is an impressive ship, purpose-built to show up on the horizon and grab a well-protected beach from a determined enemy. An array of helicopters can spot threats before they ever see the amphibious assault ship. Harrier jets can pound them into the ground. And hovercrafts can carry hundreds of Marines and their armored vehicles to storm the beach.

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