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Hostage Rescue Team, Part 6: Mission in the Gulf of Aden

While the 2011 hijacking of a private yacht off the coast of Somalia ended tragically for the four Americans aboard, the case serves as a sobering reminder of the value HRT operators and other FBI personnel add to U.S. military and international law enforcement missions around the globe in the fight against crime and terrorism.

Mar 27, 2013 04:30 PM

Hostage Rescue Team, Part 6: Mission in the Gulf of Aden


Early one morning in Nairobi, Kenya, information began flowing into the FBI’s legal attaché office there concerning the hijacking of a private yacht with four American passengers on board in the Gulf of Aden—perhaps the most pirated body of water in the world.

A Hostage Rescue Team operator temporarily stationed in Nairobi mobilized immediately—within hours, he was on his way to the scene off the coast of Somalia. Simultaneously, a crisis negotiator and former HRT operator was dispatched to a Navy destroyer that was shadowing the hijacked S/V Quest.

Events that unfolded over the next days were tragic—the Americans aboard the 54-foot pleasure boat were murdered by the armed Somali pirates—but the work of the HRT operators and other FBI agents helped make certain that those responsible for the crime were brought to justice.

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