GULF OF ADEN (Jan. 23, 2009) The visit board search and seizure team assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) conducts a training exercise with the Royal Navy frigate HMS Portland (F79). Mahan is assigned to Combined Task Forcer (CTF) 151, a multinational task force that conducts counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and the Red Sea, established to create a lawful maritime order and develop security in the maritime environment. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John K. Hamilton/Released)

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