: Maersk Alabama Pirate Story - Finnaly coming out
> From the Navy Side.
> This was sent to me by a friend who is a retired Navy Captain
> (That's like a Colonel for you Army guys) who has a friend who's son is
> in Special Operations. I now understand why nothing happened when
> Captain Phillips first attempted escape by jumping from the lifeboat. I
> just couldn't understand why no action was taken when such a clear
> opportunity presented itself. Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, "Here's
> the rest of the story!" And it didn't surprise me in the least. ...
> The thread is generated from someone in the Spec Ops community
> familiar with the Maersk-Alabama CO hostage situation.
> For those of you that remember Jimmy Carter and the aborted Iran
> Hostage Crisis, this is really unsettling. Thank God that the Bainbridge
> CO and Seal Team Leader acted as they did.
> Let's see how the White House spins this story once it gets out.
> I will bet that hard and fast "Keep your mouth shut commands" will be
> coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Let's see ... TG
> The rest of the story from a US Navy Special Ops guy ...
> Having spoken to some SEAL pals here in Virginia Beach yesterday
> and asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following:
> 1. BHO (Obama) wouldn't authorize the SEAL teams to the scene
> for 36 hours going against OSC (on scene commander) recommendation.
> 2. Once they arrived, BHO imposed restrictions on their ROE
> (Rules of Engagement) that they couldn't do anything unless the
> hostage's life was in "imminent" danger
> 3. The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the raggies
> all sighted in, but could not fire due to ROE restriction.
> 4. When the Navy RIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) came under
> fire as it approached with supplies, no fire was returned due to ROE
> restrictions. As the raggies were shooting at the RIB, they were
> exposed and the SEALS had them all dialed in.
> 5. BHO specifically denied two rescue plans developed by the
> Bainbridge CPN and SEAL teams.
> 6. Bainbridge Captain and SEAL team Commander finally decide
> they had the OpArea (Operational Area) and OSC (On Scene Command)
> authority to solely determine risk to hostage. 4 hours later, 3 dead
> 7. BHO immediately claims credit for his "daring and decisive"
> behavior. As usual with him, it's BS (Bullshit).
> So per our last email thread, I'm downgrading Oohbaby's
> performace to D-. Only reason it's not an F is that the hostage
> Read the following accurate account.
> Philips' first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian
> Ocean hadn't worked out as well. With the Bainbridge in range and a
> rescue by his country's Navy possible, Philips threw himself off of his
> lifeboat prison, enabling Navy shooters onboard the destroyer a clear
> shot at his captors - and none was taken.
> The guidance from National Command Authority - the president of
> the United States, Barack Obama - had been clear: a peaceful solution
> was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff unless the hostage's
> life was in clear, extreme danger.
> The next day, a small Navy boat approaching the floating raft
> was fired on by the Somali pirates - and again no fire was returned and
> no pirates killed. This was again due to the cautious stance assumed by
> Navy personnel thanks to the combination of a lack of clear guidance
> from Washington and a mandate from the commander in chief's staff not to
> act until Obama, a man with no background of dealing with such issues
> and no track record of decisiveness, decided that any outcome other than
> a "peaceful solution" would be acceptable.
> After taking fire from the Somali kidnappers again Saturday
> night, the on scene commander decided he'd had enough.
> Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present
> danger to the hostage's life and having heard nothing from Washington
> since yet another request to mount a rescue operation had been denied
> the day before, the Navy officer - unnamed in all media reports to date
> - decided the AK47 one captor had leveled at Philips' back was a threat
> to the hostage's life and ordered the NSWC team to take their shots.
> Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy
> KIA and Philips was safe.
> There is upside, downside, and spinside to the series of events
> over the last week that culminated in yesterday's dramatic rescue of an
> American hostage.
> Almost immediately following word of the rescue, the Obama
> administration and its supporters claimed victory against pirates in the
> Indian Ocean and declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put paid
> to questions of the inexperienced president's toughness and
> Despite the Obama administration's (and its sycophants') attempt
> to spin yesterday's success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by
> the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort. What
> should have been a standoff lasting only hours - as long as it took the
> USS Bainbridge and its team of NSWC operators to steam to the location -
> became an embarrassing four day and counting standoff between a ragtag
> handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
> Caveats: NONE
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