Unknown to the pirates, the SEAL Snipers Infra Red (IR) lasers were trained on the three Somali pirates who would within seconds take their last breath in this life.  The three shots fired by the snipers broke in simultaneous harmony; You could faintly hear the quiet muffled sounds of the reports from the suppressed SR-25 weapons over the humming sound of the US warship.  Three less pirates to worry about…..

Fourteen hours prior to these shots, several highly trained SEAL snipers were mustering at a secret compound on the east coast of the United States.  They had responded within 30 minutes to a special encrypted text message alert.  Not knowing the nature of the alert, they were now getting briefed on the situation.  A US Shipping Captain, Captain Phillips of the Maersk Alabama, had been taken hostage hours ago, aboard one of the Maersk’s life boats, and was being held at gunpoint for ransom.

Somalia has long been a hot bed of piracy and the trend is increasing into the new century.

SOFREP Somalia Navy SEALs

Personally, I can’t help but think about what I would do if I were a young and able Somali lured by the vast riches of piracy that lie a short distance off the coast.  Considering the average Somali earns $230 USD a year I know what I would do.

Within minutes of their briefing, the snipers grabbed their pre-packed kit, including pre-loaded weapons, and rendezvoused with the C117 Globemaster.  Within an hour of their alert, the SEALs were hurdling at over 400 knots halfway across the globe to shark infested waters and the piracy capital of the world.  The time sensitivity of the situation would mean they would go over final planning en route.

The plan: a low-level night parachute drop at 2500 feet over and into the warm murky waters off the North African coast.  This insert is commonly referred to by operators as a “hop and pop”.  Afterward, they would link up with a small boat from the US Destroyer ship on station and immediately go to work.

While we operate on land, air and sea, like our SBS brothers across the Atlantic, SEALs own the maritime environment.  You have very few takers when you add rough cold seas into the equation.  We don’t just work in this environment, we live for it and embrace the misery because we know our adversaries will never see us coming.