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By Stephanie Fox
Navy Office of Community Outreach 

Fountain native supports seizure of weapons off the coast of Somalia

 

Last updated 3/3/2021 at 9:54am

Petty Officer 3rd Class Louis Staats, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet

The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), in accordance with international law, on Feb. 12 boarded a stateless dhow off of Somalia and interdicted an illicit shipment of weapons and weapon components, shown at left.

INDIAN OCEAN – Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Nelson, a native of Fountain, is currently serving aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Winston S. Churchill, in the Indian Ocean.

According to a recent Navy news release, "The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill seized illicit shipments of weapons and weapons components from two stateless dhows during a maritime security operation in international waters off the coast of Somalia, Feb. 11-12. The cache of weapons consisted of thousands of AK-47 assault rifles, light machine guns, heavy sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade...



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