Spike’s Pirate Hunters: USN will follow Navy’s anti-piracy efforts off the African coast

One day after American captain Richard Phillips was rescued by the Navy after being taken hostage by Somali pirates, Spike announced that it is starting production on a pilot for Pirate Hunters: USN, the working title for a reality show that will follow Navy efforts to stop piracy off the African coast.

The show will follow “life aboard two US warships, the USS San Antonio and USS Boxer, as they patrol 1.1 million square miles of ocean for the pirates who call this region home,” according to a Spike press release, and will document “their mission from the military base in the seaside nation of Djibouti (bordering Somalia and Ethiopia) and on the open water.”

The series is being produced by 44 Blue Productions, which produces MSNBC’s Lockup and Style’s Split Ends, and executive producer Rasha Drachkovitch told Variety, “We didn’t know whether [the recent piracy incident] would put the kibosh on things or accelerate things. But the Navy reps told us, ‘This is incredible timing for you guys. You’re going to get a front-row seat in our response.’” He also said the Navy is now “changing the mission to be more proactive. In some ways we’re going to capture better action on film than had this not happened.”

Spike Goes Pirate Hunting with the US Navy in ‘Pirate Hunters: USN’ [Spike press release]
‘Pirate Hunters’ sets sail at Spike [Variety]

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