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Counter Piracy and Maritime Security (PM/CPMS)


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Threat to Maritime Commerce, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief, and Regional Security and Development.

Despite the success of counter piracy efforts, pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa still represent a serious threat to a range of American and international interests. Learn more.

United States Response.

The United States Government's coordinated inter-agency efforts are consistent with our traditional interest in ensuring freedom of navigation, safety of mariners, and protection of American citizens. Learn more.

International Response.

Description: A U.S. Navy boarding team carefully approaches a suspected pirate vessel. Photo courtesy of U.S. NavyThe Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia is a community of like-minded nations and international organizations convened in New York to launch a coordinated effort to halt pirate attacks that emanated from Somali waters. This website serves as a repository for the Contact Group’s communiqués and other significant announcements.

The diplomatic, official coordination and information-sharing efforts of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia are complemented by these international counter-piracy forces, which provide naval forces to protect shipping that transits this region:

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