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How SEALs Carried Out Their Mission
The Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 13, 2009 | Ann Scott Tyson

Posted on 04/13/2009 8:55:29 AM PDT by Delacon

The operation to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips involved dozens of Navy SEALs, who parachuted from an aircraft into the scene near dark Saturday, landing in the ocean. The SEALs were part of a group of Special Operations forces involved in the effort, according to military officials.

The SEALs set up operations on the USS Bainbridge, which had been communicating with the four pirates via radio and had used smaller boats to make deliveries of food and water to their lifeboat. Yet the pirates were growing increasingly agitated, the officials said. At one point Saturday, the pirates opened fire on one of the smaller U.S. Navy craft that approached.

As the seas grew rougher, the Bainbridge offered to tow the lifeboat to calmer waters, and the pirates agreed, linking up the lifeboat to the destroyer with a towing cable that left 75 to 80 feet between the two vessels. Phillips at the time was tied up in the lifeboat, having been bound -- and occasionally beaten -- by the pirates ever since he had attempted to escape by jumping into the water on Friday, the officials said.

Meanwhile, one of the pirates, estimated to be between 16 and 20 years old, asked to come aboard the Bainbridge to make a phone call. He had been stabbed in the hand during an altercation with the crew of the Maersk Alabama and needed medical care. "He effectively gave himself up," a senior military official said. The Navy then allowed that pirate to speak with the others in hopes that he could persuade them to give up.

The three other pirates, however, showed signs of growing irritation, as the Bainbridge, 18 miles from shore, towed the lifeboat further out to sea, the senior military official said. "They had no promise of


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hostaqes; obama; piracy; pirates; rescue; richardphillips; seals; snipers; somali; somalia; somaliapirates; somalipirates; specialforces; usnavy
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1 posted on 04/13/2009 8:55:30 AM PDT by Delacon
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To: Delacon
[The three other pirates, however, showed signs of growing irritation....]

Most probably from all that lice in their tweeter zones.

2 posted on 04/13/2009 9:00:36 AM PDT by Miss Behave ("Easter SEALs!!!" ~ FReeper Choose Ye This Day)
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To: Delacon

Muslims are habitually “agitated” aren’t they?

I like the military solution to that ongoing emotional problem. I like it very much when it comes to these insane, hateful savages.


3 posted on 04/13/2009 9:01:05 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Delacon

Whenever 0bama wants to get something correct, be it telecom immunity, Afghanistan, Iraq, bailouts, dealing with pirates (”Bring It On!”), or whatnot, he’s discovered that he has to “Be like Bush.”


4 posted on 04/13/2009 9:01:45 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: EyeGuy

Lead seems to cure them better than lithium


5 posted on 04/13/2009 9:03:08 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Delacon
The SEALs know how to reach out and touch someone.
6 posted on 04/13/2009 9:04:17 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (As 0bama punishes us, we are punishing his supporters ten fold.)
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To: Delacon
The SEALs know how to reach out and touch someone.
7 posted on 04/13/2009 9:04:22 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (As 0bama punishes us, we are punishing his supporters ten fold.)
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To: Delacon; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; BOBTHENAILER; BIGLOOK; Marine_Uncle; blam; ...
So I guess this is now the latest,...most official version....

Other stories requires subscription :

This Story

8 posted on 04/13/2009 9:04:50 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Delacon
The SEALs set up operations on the USS Bainbridge

We had a rule - no wet flippers in CIC.
9 posted on 04/13/2009 9:05:35 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Delacon
God bless these brave Americans, I call this American “exceptionalism”. May America continue to be blessed by the Almighty.
10 posted on 04/13/2009 9:05:43 AM PDT by Dream Warrior (Never call retreat!)
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To: EyeGuy

A bunch of toothless, illiterate savages messed up on khat and heavily armed...

Makes em easier to find..


11 posted on 04/13/2009 9:05:56 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous (I think you're so full of inconsolable rage, you don't care who you hurt.)
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To: Delacon
The operation to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips involved dozens of Navy SEALs, who parachuted from an aircraft into the scene near dark Saturday, landing in the ocean.

Interesting that they would risk the SEALs in this manner: a night drop into the ocean. Rough men.

I was guessing that the helicopter carrier, "USS Boxer", that was reported to be heading to the scene was carring the SEAL team (or soon would be) and that the "Boxer" would be the staging point.

12 posted on 04/13/2009 9:06:17 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Delacon
......the Bainbridge, 18 miles from shore, towed the lifeboat further out to sea.
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Watch the libs in the media get upset at the big bad US navy
for the set up to ‘whack’ these merchandise redistribution specialists

13 posted on 04/13/2009 9:07:35 AM PDT by IrishMike (Liberalism is a psychological disorder and a dangerous mental illness.)
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To: al baby

LOL!! Great one!

Militant


14 posted on 04/13/2009 9:07:42 AM PDT by militant2 (President George W. Bush: "No child left behind"; obama: "No child left alive!")
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To: Delacon

Wait!

Where’s the part where heroic Pres_ent Ahab was carefully orchestrating the whole rescue whilst giving the nonchalant appearance of “partying” so as not to give away the game?


15 posted on 04/13/2009 9:08:47 AM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: Miss Behave

lol Thats funny because it’s probably true....


16 posted on 04/13/2009 9:08:50 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar
[The three other pirates, however, showed signs of growing irritation....]

...from all that lice in their Burmuda Triangles.

17 posted on 04/13/2009 9:11:53 AM PDT by Miss Behave ("Easter SEALs!!!" ~ FReeper Choose Ye This Day)
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To: IrishMike
An earlier piece...portrayed the Bainbridge as towing them in toward the shore...calmer water)....they are having a rough time getting the story consistent...
18 posted on 04/13/2009 9:12:13 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Throughout the past four days, White House officials played down Obama’s role in the hostage drama”

That’s because he had none.


19 posted on 04/13/2009 9:15:03 AM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: al baby

When the seals went into the boat to get Phillips, I imagine it was nat a pretty sight. Three head shots with high powered rifles. They were proabbaly stepping in brains.


20 posted on 04/13/2009 9:15:32 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Niteranger68
The SEALs know how to reach out and touch someone

The Somalian pirates need a history lesson ... We've been fighting pirates for 200 years ... We aren't about to stop ...

21 posted on 04/13/2009 9:15:48 AM PDT by 08bil98z24 (War on Drug supporters are enemies of the Constitution.)
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To: Rennes Templar
Whoops, make that Bermuda.

[The three other pirates, however, showed signs of growing irritation....]

...from all that lice in their tinkletorium territories.

22 posted on 04/13/2009 9:16:18 AM PDT by Miss Behave ("Easter SEALs!!!" ~ FReeper Choose Ye This Day)
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To: Delacon
Phillips at the time was tied up in the lifeboat, having been bound -- and occasionally beaten -- by the pirates

First time I've seen anything re beatings. Still having trouble understanding how they could see Phillips' back etc. Covered lifeboat, "cockpit" is aft, it's being towed, how could you see into the thing from the Bainbridge ? If you could see Phillips, wouldn't that mean he'd be in the line of fire too ?

23 posted on 04/13/2009 9:16:26 AM PDT by 1066AD
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s only a matter of time before Obama was the sniper !


24 posted on 04/13/2009 9:16:36 AM PDT by IrishMike (Liberalism is a psychological disorder and a dangerous mental illness.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Hate to be the low man on the totem pool in house keeping


25 posted on 04/13/2009 9:16:56 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Delacon

God Bless Our SEALs
26 posted on 04/13/2009 9:17:18 AM PDT by MountainWoman
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Heh, heh,,,tell them anything, then tow them anywhere. There are no rules in those situations. That had to be absolutely hilarious, short snubbed on the tail of a 1000 foot destroyer, bouncing around like a ping pong ball in a washing machine in that prop wash in the dark......you have to hand it to the commander, that guy has a really dark sense of humor.


27 posted on 04/13/2009 9:17:26 AM PDT by Concho (01-20-2009--The beginning of an ERROR)
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To: Delacon
I love the last two paragraphs

"As soon as the snipers had a clear shot at the guy who had the rifle, they shot him and the other two in the hatches," the senior military official said.

A member of the Special Operations team slid down the tow line into the water and climbed aboard the lifeboat. Phillips was then put in a small craft and taken to the Bainbridge.


28 posted on 04/13/2009 9:18:02 AM PDT by Syncro (Qui non intelligit, aut taceat, aut discat)
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To: Niteranger68

You can say that again


29 posted on 04/13/2009 9:18:37 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: All
FR Thread:

An Early Military Victory for Obama (barf)

30 posted on 04/13/2009 9:19:19 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Delacon

Thank God for the Navy Seals and their excellent training.

Now Barry is trying to take credit for executing this action. He had voted “absent” on this (as opposed to “present”) until it actually happened and I bet he didn’t have much to do with the actual decision to take action. He probably got confused or thought that any actual “threat” was remote.


31 posted on 04/13/2009 9:20:53 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Concho

It probably dawned on them about then that Allah was laughing at them.


32 posted on 04/13/2009 9:21:04 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous (I think you're so full of inconsolable rage, you don't care who you hurt.)
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To: IrishMike

Obama now has blood on his hands. Muslim blood. Now we will see if they like him so much.


33 posted on 04/13/2009 9:22:59 AM PDT by refermech
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To: 1066AD
Covered lifeboat, "cockpit" is aft, it's being towed, how could you see into the thing from the Bainbridge ? If you could see Phillips, wouldn't that mean he'd be in the line of fire too ?

The article explains that pretty good.

Bottom line is that the SEALs are excellent at what they do.

There is no second guessing their actions, they did their job perfectly after Obama finally let them.

34 posted on 04/13/2009 9:23:20 AM PDT by Syncro (Qui non intelligit, aut taceat, aut discat)
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To: 1066AD
...how could you see into the thing from the Bainbridge ?...

I think this is a good time for the 'don't ask don't tell' policy. Just be glad we have the capability !

35 posted on 04/13/2009 9:24:23 AM PDT by whodathunkit (Shrugging as I leave for the Gulch)
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To: Syncro

haha, yea I loved that part. I can see it now.
US: “Lets us tow you to calm waters so we can have a better shot at you!”
Terrorist: “Sure, anything for water and peanut butter crackers!”


36 posted on 04/13/2009 9:24:45 AM PDT by NoDRodee (U>S>M>C)
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To: whodathunkit

Heh heh

“Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more “


37 posted on 04/13/2009 9:25:33 AM PDT by 1066AD
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To: Delacon

What’s that game at chucky cheese where the little heads pop up and bop them with a mallet.

Change the name to “Seal Trainer”.


38 posted on 04/13/2009 9:25:58 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: Delacon

So was there a standing order to get these terrorists if the opportunity arose even if the Captain wasn’t in “imminent” danger?

If not, why?


39 posted on 04/13/2009 9:26:39 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Delacon

Language barrier? “We seek paradise” = “They want calm seas” = “Head shot”...


40 posted on 04/13/2009 9:27:11 AM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: Niteranger68

“The three other pirates, however, showed signs of growing irritation,..”

Usually when confronting SEALS, the adversary isn’t allowed time for this emotional state. Usually the only emotional state they are allowed is a complete and immediate cessation of all emotions as well as bodily functions.


41 posted on 04/13/2009 9:27:33 AM PDT by Delacon (See all you NCC Delawareans at Frawley Stadium for the Tea Party.)
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To: IrishMike

After firing,I can see him grabbing the rifle by the barrel!


42 posted on 04/13/2009 9:29:17 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Syncro

Three rounds, three ex-pirates. Sweet!


43 posted on 04/13/2009 9:30:30 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: Delacon
A lesson to terrorists.

Letting yourself be pulled by a US warship, with elite US forces on board, separated by a 100 foot tow rope; is not a good idea!

44 posted on 04/13/2009 9:30:35 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

whack a mole


45 posted on 04/13/2009 9:31:29 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous (I think you're so full of inconsolable rage, you don't care who you hurt.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
...What’s that game at chucky cheese where the little heads pop up and bop them with a mallet...

Whack-A-Mole.

We could change it to "Whack-A-Muzzie"

46 posted on 04/13/2009 9:32:59 AM PDT by FReepaholic
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To: refermech
Obama now has blood on his hands. Muslim blood.

Unlike Bill Clinton with Blackhawk Down.

In that situation, the racist white/troop hating communist dictators loving Congressional Black Caucus grabbed president clinton by his "blackness" and convinced him to not protect our troops who were then killed and dragged through the streets in Somali.

The Caucus didn't want black people killed, even if they in turn would kill and maim our troops.

The CBC is a traitorous racist anti-American group of black congresspeople, 42 members at this time.

As we can see from the news reports, the terrorist pirates state they will pump up their attacks.

The leftists scream America has now caused terrorists to hate us and this incident will bring more attacks.

Big deal, the terrorists are emboldened by Obama's showing his weakness to the world with his recent apology tour.

This was the first attack by pirates on an American Flagged ship in a long time, they held back when a real man was in the Office of the Presidency.

47 posted on 04/13/2009 9:33:44 AM PDT by Syncro (Qui non intelligit, aut taceat, aut discat)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

“A lesson to terrorists.
Letting yourself be pulled by a US warship, with elite US forces on board, separated by a 100 foot tow rope; is not a good idea”!

LOL, I am sure some pirate is scribbling that down right now in their playbook. Whats that saying about grabbing the tail of the tiger?


48 posted on 04/13/2009 9:34:36 AM PDT by Delacon (See all you NCC Delawareans at Frawley Stadium for the Tea Party.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks! Heck, they didn’t even have to get wet. ;-)

Now THat is professional.

The best thing Obama could do was stay the heck out of the way. Mission Accomplished.

on to the next developing “crisis” ..

Pakistani Taliban begin imposing rule in new area (Buner)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2228072/posts


49 posted on 04/13/2009 9:34:54 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Syncro; All

Are all SEALS trained as snipers or just some?


50 posted on 04/13/2009 9:35:20 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must...)
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