Preventing Piracy: The U.S. Response to Piracy

A Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team and Navy personnel assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team, both assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, conduct a pre-counterpiracy operations brief. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team and Navy personnel assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team, both assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, conduct a pre-counterpiracy operations brief. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Today, Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, director of Prevention Policy, testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation to discuss maritime piracy and the Coast Guard’s role in addressing this threat to freedom of the seas, to the safety of shipping and the global supply chain, and most importantly to the safety of mariners.

Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, director of Prevention Policy. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, director of Prevention Policy. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

During his oral testimony, Rear Adm. Cook stated that “the responsibility of combating maritime piracy is a shared one. That responsibility is equally shared among vessel owners and operators, Flag states, and the international community”.

He assured the Committee that the Coast Guard is committed to fulfilling its statutory and regulatory responsibilities for the safety and security of U.S. merchant vessels and crews. And, that the Coast Guard will remain engaged with the maritime industry in the implementation of counter-piracy measures identified in the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security (MARSEC) Directive, as well as with the international community through the Coast Guard’s role in the International Maritime Organization and the Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

Click here to read Rear Adm. Cook’s written testimony.

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