New York’s Boarding Team a Force for Maritime Security

Visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) is a capability involving Sailors and Marines embarking vessels of interest that Navy and Marine Corps units encounter on the high seas in support of maritime interdiction operations. “We board vessels in order to enforce United Nations security resolutions and to combat terrorism, piracy, smuggling and human trafficking,” said Lt. j.g. Blake Pauley, the VBSS boarding officer aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21). “The vast majority of boardings are compliant, consensual or take place in response to attempts or…

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