September 16, 2010

Makes …

Filed under: US & Allied Military — Tom @ 10:42 pm

my night (HT Military Times Blog via an e-mailer; short video is at link):

The calls for help came about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday: The crew of the Magellan Star, a German-owned shipping vessel in the Gulf of Aden, needed help after it was boarded by armed Somali pirates about 85 miles off the coast of Yemen.

The resulting operation will likely be a feather in the cap of the Marine Corps and its force reconnaissance community for years to come.

After a day of deliberations that reached senior White House and Pentagon officials, Marines with 2nd Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., launched a daring early morning raid known as a VBSS, or visit-board-search-seize. Pushing off from the amphibious transport dock Dubuque at dawn Thursday, they stormed the ship without a shot being fired, taking nine suspected pirates prisoner, Marine officials said.

… The suspected pirates were all likely in their 20s and 30s, and some of them didn’t have shoes or shirts, Marines on board at the time of the raid said. After they gave up, their fear was obvious, said Capt. Alexander Martin, commander of the force recon platoon. They have been detained aboard the guided missile cruiser Princeton, Berger said, but officials would not immediately say where they may be taken next.

“As soon as the first stack of [Marines] made our way into the bridge, their hands were up, their weapons were down, they moved to their knees and they were compliant,” Martin said. “At that point, they were pretty scared. One guy actually defecated himself. … He sh– his pants. I don’t know if that can go on the news or not, but that actually happened.”

No, the video doesn’t show that.

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