U.S. Forces Respond to Gunfire Aboard S/V Quest


Story Number: NNS110222-04Release Date: 2/22/2011 9:26:00 AM
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From Central Command Public Affairs

TAMPA, Fla. (NNS) -- At approximately 1 a.m. EST today, while negotiations were ongoing to secure the release of four American hostages, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the pirated vessel (S/V) Quest.

As they responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds.

"We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest," said Gen James N. Mattis, U.S. Central Command Commander.

During the boarding of the Quest, the reaction force was engaged by pirates on board the vessel. Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained along with two pirates already in US Forces custody. The US Forces also found the remains of two other pirates already dead aboard the Quest. In total, it is believed 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking of the S/V Quest.

US Forces have been closely monitoring the S/V Quest for approximately 3 days, once it became known to be pirated. Four U.S. Navy warships comprised the response force dedicated to recovering the S/V Quest: the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), the guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 84). The ships are deployed to the region to conduct maritime security operations and to provide support to operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

Questions can be addressed to U.S. Central Command at 813-827-5895.

STORY COMMENTS6 COMMENTS
3/3/2011 3:55:00 AM
CHRIS BLOWERS YOUR FAMILY IS VERY PROUD OF YOU FOR SERVING YOUR COUNTRY I LOVE YOU SON.

3/2/2011 10:10:00 AM
"Fair Winds and Following Seas to mine son who proudling serving on the USS ENTERPRISE

3/2/2011 1:31:00 AM
I trust that the US Navy will give them a very quick trial and then hang them. International law used to state that "Pirates taken in the act could be hanged forthwith without the need for a trial"

2/23/2011 10:34:00 PM
I commend and am proud of our navy, the finest in the world. Keep up the good work. You are one of the few things left we have to be proud of in our country.

2/23/2011 2:19:00 PM
My boyfriend's on this ship.....I LOVE YOU Angel Louis Rivera Jr., CVN 73!! (even though you'll probably never see this!!! LOL :-)

2/23/2011 12:27:00 PM
This should warrant a see-and-destroy mission attitude for our Navy. We seem to be tacitly tolerating the piracy when we should be blowing them out of the water on sight.

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