What a great Easter present for the Phillips family!

Posted by Jim Dolbow in Maritime Security, Piracy

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  • Allen Pope

    Great News! Im happy everything worked out for this man.

  • Byron

    “Three of four pirates killed, one in custody”. Sounds like the SEALS had a damn fine Sunday!

  • UltimaRatioReg

    Well-executed. Kudos to that team.

  • Marvin


  • Byron

    One more: SIERRA HOTEL!!!!

  • doc75

    Bravo Zulu, USN! Happy Easter CAPT Phillips and family!

  • Dee Illuminati

    The USN stands proud, nobody wants to be bullied or see criminal acts flounted unaccountable. I stated when this first happened that it was up to the USN to ‘put on a cape’ and make this situation right.

    There was no other po;icing institution available or capable but the USN. Sometimes difficult and dirty deeds are thrust upon you.. the USN did well.

  • Best wishes for the Phillips family. To see a piece of good news like this come over the wires is wonderful. BZ to the snake-eaters, BAINBRIDGE, and all of the unsung heroes who helped make this operation a success.

  • Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

  • sid

    Kinda figured when the Boxer showed up…

  • UltimaRatioReg

    “Kinda figured when the Boxer showed up…”

    Ayup! Just a question of when/if we would pull the trigger on what had to have been a pre-existing COA.

  • BZ to the Teams! A well executed mission with a little target practice.

  • Chuck Hill

    Thankfully the military was allowed to do their job at their own pace.

  • sid

    Meanwhile, a potentially much sticker wicket is in play points east…

  • LCDR Jim Drew

    As an active duty Surface Warfare Officer, I have been following this story with interest. I am presently attending the Army Command and General Staff College, where asymmetric warfare and counter-insurgency operations are rightfully the subject of the day. Over the past six months, I have often been asked “What is the Navy doing about piracy?” I told them about the establishment of Task Force 151, whose mission is counter-piracy operations. While this was met with general approval, other nations’ ships continued to be taken, and ransoms continued to be paid.
    The successful freeing of Captain Phillips from pirate custody is a great thing for the Navy and the nation. Three things in particular stand out from this story. First, we successfully demonstrated to the pirates and the nations of the world that the United States will act when its property or citizens are threatened by lawless regimes. Much of the credit for this belongs to the brave crew of the Maersk Alabama, who refused to let their ship be captured without a fight. Second, the US did not give in to the 2 million dollar ransom demand levied by the pirates. Third, in today’s New York Times an article written by R.M. Schneiderman reported that “President Obama had previously authorized the use of force if the commander on the scene believed the captain’s life was in danger…” This is exactly the kind of flexibility that naval units require to function most effectively.
    The U.S. should continue its policy of not negotiating with terrorists or pirates, and commanders should still be empowered to make decisions on the scene. What needs to be shored up is the capability of our merchant fleet. Few things could do more to deter piracy than an adequately armed merchant fleet.

    The viewpoints I present here are mine, and do not necessarily represent the policies of the United States Navy or the Army Command and General Staff College.

    LCDR Jim Drew

  • Galrahn

    Things are ugly inside Somalia as well.

    Interesting times.

  • Grampa Bluewater

    Bravo Zulu all involved. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together.

    Next step, Naval Armed Guard Detachments embarked in all US Flag vessels transiting area.

    Blood remains the price of Admiralty. Make pirates pay in full.

    (Hat tip, memory of R. Kipling)

  • Hayball

    I would like ask that we all recognize and commend the bravery, devotion to duty, and outstanding performance of the Chief Engineer and the Engineering Dept of Maersk Alabama. The Chief Mate and Acting Captain has singled the Chief out as “the bravest man I know”.

    The pirates had the Bridge, but the Chief had taken control of the engines and steering when the Captain announced that the Bridge had been compromised. The pirate who entered the Engineering Spaces got an ice pick (more likely a steel scribing tool) through his hand, relieved of his weapon and a nice tight set of restraints for his troubles. Set of lumps, too, I’ll wager.

    More details will come out, but I will take the Chief Mate and Acting Captain at his word when he said the pirates NEVER gained full control of what he and the Chief Mate habitually refer to as “our ship”.

    If there is any justice, I know who are getting the Admiral of the Ocean Sea as a triple award this year.

    Men of the sea. Men of Iron. American Mariners. Captain, Mate, Chief, Crew of the Maersk Alabama: you did us all proud.

  • Dee Illuminati

    I took another lesson away from this beyond rewarding criminal behavior that is practiced with impunity. I have read the 2015 report, Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, and other periodicals and materials that clearly enumerate the value of free trade and cooperation. In addition the http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights/ is a narrative of the history of commerce since the turn of the century.

    But when we look at the headlines we see that this effort on internationalism and trade has left many behind, it is as if the promises of bnenefit rang hollow, as if the need to ‘rescue’ international finance, reinforce international troops, all left Americans who pay their taxes to the IRS and not the UN wondering what had happened?

    I really think that there was no real panacea solution to piracy and observe that nearly 250 mariners still are held hostage. However the same values that state we have a ‘dog in the fight’ in Afghanastan and Pakistan, that international norms do not allow small non-nation groups to abrogate laws unto themselves, and that preserving interntaional norms and behaviors matters was at play in the response to this most recent piracy attack.

    In a morallity sense, there was ‘the bad guys’ the ‘good guys’ and an American response. I mean sincerely I ‘get it’ that maritime law was the basis of ‘international law.’ In addition I understand that in a world of declining natural resources and competition for those resources that cooperation and international efforts best meet the challenge.

    But the real issue is this as I sum things up. If there is no law or laws can be abroggated in defiance of international standards, in absence of international cooperation, in defiance of norms that serve all; and we do nothing.. all arguments of international efforts are undermined.

    This is a real gut-check time for the international community to decide what type of future that they want? More failed states, more riots and discord, or do they want a set of standards and laws? You guys are supposed to be the tomorrow of the navy. If you get the time watch the commanding heights, ask what type of world we will have if trade turns into conflict? That said, do not be surprised if Americans applaud a uniquely American act until such time they cease paying their taxes to the IRS.

    Beyond the olympics, name me the last time “Americans Won” and then conversely; why Americans should have allot of affinity to the concept of “international” in light of the financial difficulties?

    Yeah.. America was in need of a hero..

  • Byron

    “name me the last time “Americans Won”

    Not going there; too much room for a tidly little flame war to start. I’ve got my opinion, you’re welcome to yours.