The Marines, armed with pistols and SA-80 automatic rifles and operating from a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, the RFA Fort Victoria, sped towards the hijacked ship in inflatable boats as a British helicopter buzzed overhead.The Special Air Service (SAS) gets all the notoriety, but the Special Boat Service has the same training. Mostly.
They boarded the 56,000-ton bulk carrier Montecristo and disarmed the pirates without encountering any opposition.
Oh, and the insanity?
Four of the Italians were privately-contracted security guards, but in line with international practise they were unarmed and had been powerless to fend off the pirates.This has got to stop.