Today’s Washington Post’s lead story on the Phillips’ rescue is headlined:
'3 Rounds, 3 Dead Bodies'The “3 Rounds” main head, a quote from one of those involved in the rescue, is pulled from the story which follows. Give WaPo’s headline editors credit for recognizing a gem of a headline when if drops in their laps.
Precision Volley by Navy SEALs Ended a Five-Day Ordeal For an American Seaman, but Piracy Off Somalia Continues
The subhead shows some bias or naiveté. Why’s the “but” in:
Precision Volley by Navy SEALs Ended a Five-Day Ordeal For an American Seaman, but Piracy Off Somalia Continues?Who expected the killing of 3 pirates to end piracy off Somalia’s coast?
A straight news subhead would've read:
Precision Volley by Navy SEALs Ended a Five-Day Ordeal For an American Seaman as Piracy Off Somalia ContinuesThe story that follows the heads provides a good number of telling details in what’s essentially a summary of the rescue planning and execution.
WaPo also carries today a story about SEAL sniper training and how the shooting of the pirates was carried out. Here’s a story excerpt:
Becoming a Navy SEAL sniper requires at least five years of experience on a SEAL team. SEALs must pass a marksmanship test, undergo psychological testing and compete for the positions.WaPo’s lead story’s here; it's SEAL story’s here.
"It takes a person of great patience and mental tenacity. . . . The ones who have proven themselves get to go" to sniper training, said Cmdr. Greg Geisen, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, Calif.
Only after many months of honing skills in shooting and surveillance do the SEALs take the job of sniper on teams, the officials and experts said.
They train to hit two-inch targets from long distances. "Aim small, miss small" is the philosophy, said the former SEAL instructor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of his current work.
"We pay a lot for their training and . . . we earned, got a good return on their investment tonight," Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, said after the rescue
Closing words go to the SEALs: Well done!
Update @ 3 PM ET on 4/14 - - -
I just received the following heads-up:
John: In the Navy we say BRAVO ZULU! to the SEALS.
Thank you, TH.
BRAVO ZULU! it is to the SEALs.
I've searched to learn how BRAVO ZULU became the congratulatory salute to SEALs with no success.
Can anyone help?