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Quite a nice surprise on this holiday weekend.

From ABC:

A senior US official tells me that President Barack Obama approved a recommendation by Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen to dispatch special forces to the US scene on Friday.

These special forces were authorized to take action “in extremis” against the Somali pirates holding Maersk Captain Richard Phillips, 53, hostage on a motorized lifeboat off the coast of Somalia.

So how did it all happen?

You won’t believe it…

A senior official tells me that when the fourth Somali pirate was on the Bainbridge ship, Phillips moved to side of the lifeboat to relieve himself.

At that point, U.S. special forces saw their opportunity and took other three pirates out.

And that will be the luckiest leak that Captain will ever take.

One US official suggested that this could make one hell of a movie, but what kind of action film culminates in somebody taking a piss off the side of a boat?

Maybe it’ll be a funny action film. :-)

6 COMMENTS

  1. Does anyone want to hazzard a guess as to how long it will take to mount a Marine invasion of the pirates land head-quarters if another US crew is involved?

  2. They were SEALs not special forces; within the US military special forces means US Army Special Forces or as they are more widely known, Green Berets. SEALs as well as Army Rangers and Marine Recon units all fall under the terminology special operations forces.

  3. SEALs are special forces too. Pretty much any highly trained and specialized military unit that conducts asymmetrical warfare is in the Special Forces. The ARMY has Delta Force, Green Berets, and the Rangers. The Navy has the SEALs, SEAL Team Six, and SWCC. The Air Force has Pararescue and Combat Controllers. The Marines have MARSOC and Marine Force Recon. The CIA also has a large group at NCS and SAD. Special Forces are generally under command of their Major Command, but can be centralized under SOCOM during times of war.

  4. Whatever special forces unit they were a part of I was impressed!! Three shots, three kills off a rubber lifeboat, that would make an awesome movie for sure!!

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