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Geoffrey S. Corn, Rachel E. VanLandingham, and Shane R. Reeves

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328574.001.0001

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Maritime Interdiction Operations

Maritime Interdiction Operations

(p.729) 21 Maritime Interdiction Operations
U.S. Military Operations

Stephanie M. Smart

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the role of the United States Navy in maritime interdiction operations. It begins by defining maritime interdiction operations and details the complications presented by the vastness of ocean space, the lack of a universal police force, and the concept of flag sovereignty. The chapter moves into a discussion on the legal basis and framework for unilateral and multilateral interdiction operations. It also analyzes the problems that arose from the hijacking of the Achille Lauro, in particular the jurisdictional issues and limited definition of “piracy” that frustrated U.S. efforts to bring the terrorists to justice. It concludes by outlining the common legal issues encountered when executing these operations.

Keywords:   maritime interdiction, weapons proliferation, multinational operations, UNCLOS, Achille Lauro

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