060318-N-8623S-003 ABOARD USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (AT SEA) – An armed suspected pirate peers over the edge of a skiff, in international waters off the coast of Somalia, March 18. USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) prepared to board the suspicious vessel. The vessel’s crewmembers opened fire on the U.S. Navy ships and the ships’ crewmembers 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. Official Navy photo.