This is a "small" incident that illustrates how the US military is taken for granted by all countries that depend upon trade flowing over the seas. Patrolling off the coast of Somalia, the US Navy attempted to board a suspected pirate ship. The very silly "suspected" pirates shot at our ships.
USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) returned fire on a group of suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, killing one and wounding five, approximately 25 nautical miles off the central eastern coast of Somalia in international waters at 5:40 a.m. local time, March 18.
You can see the result in the Navy photo above. This work goes on without much fanfare. The pirates also interfere with aid to Somalia.
On March 15, the United Nations Security Council encouraged naval forces operating off the coast of Somalia to be vigilant and take action against piracy. Pirate attacks against aid ships have hindered UN efforts to provide relief to the victims of a severe drought in the area.
The US Navy is ensures the flow of goods between countries. International trade is heavily subsidized by the US taxpayer.