In April 2009 four Somali pirates took down a US flagged vessel, the Maersk Alabama. The take-down got messy, and resulted in the ship’s captain taken hostage aboard one of the Maersk’s life boats. On April 12th, the hostage situation ended when SEAL snipers (from DEVGRU) flawlessly executed three pirates with simultaneous shots in the dark of the night, and on a moving platform at sea.
The movie (adapted from the book) Captain Phillips is largely less SEAL Team, and more about the experience of Rich Phillips during his ordeal as a Somali hostage. Less SEAL focus is one of the things I appreciated most about this movie. First, go see it, it starts a little slow but ends up delivering.
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