US Navy Arrests 7 Suspected Pirates

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2009 7:30 PM CST
This US Navy photo shows a team in an inflatable boat from the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf close in on the suspected pirates.   (AP Photo/ U.S. Navy,Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky)
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(Newser) – The US Navy today let pirates around the Horn of Africa know that there's a new sheriff in town. A Navy vessel arrested seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden after they attempted to board a commercial tanker, CNN reports. The arrests are the first by a US-led international task force to clamp down on pirates in the region. The suspects will be transferred to Kenya for trial.