“WE WILL BE RELENTLESS IN DEFENSE OF OUR CITIZENS AND OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES. WE WILL BE TRUE TO THE VALUES THAT MAKE US WHO WE ARE. AND ON NIGHTS LIKE THIS ONE, WE CAN SAY TO THOSE FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES TO AL QAEDA’S TERROR: JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE.”
"...YOU AND ALL THE SEALS PACKED INTO THE BLACK HAWK, ARE EXPERIENCING THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME, AS IT HAPPENS, IN REAL TIME."
You’re strapped into the seat of a top secret stealth black hawk helicopter. Squeezed in with you are some of the most highly trained elite special forces operatives in the world: Team 6 Navy SEAL’s. The noise from the rotors are so loud you can barely hear yourself think and there’s nothing much to see outside on this moonless night. For the SEAL’s making last minute checks of their weapons and equipment, this is business as usual. For you it’s the ride of your life. In less than a minute your helicopter will be over the target area and you’ll be fast roping to the ground. At that point they’ll be no going back.
The pilot’s voice comes over your comms,“One mike to drop zone”. As your mind starts to race you hear another voice in your ear, that of Navy SEAL veteran Mitch Hall, your guide for this mission. Mitch has seen and done it all before. He can tell you everything you need to know about the mission, the SEAL’s and what you can expect. What he can’t tell you is what is going to happen next. He, like you and all the SEAL’s packed into the Black Hawk, are experiencing this for the first time, as it happens, in real time.
Suddenly, you feel a lurch and you’re dropping like a stone. Rotor wash hits you like a tornado and envelopes the crew chief standing in the open door as he prepares to drop the fast rope. For a second you’re blinded, then you see buildings loom into view - they’re too close. You brace yourself. Miraculously the helo levels off, but things are far from okay. The helo shakes, the engine screams as the pilot fights for control. The helo lists heavily to one side, the tail swings around and you find yourself facing the opposite direction. The spin halts with a crash as the tail impacts with something solid. Remarkably, the pilot regains control and deftly lowers the nose until it kisses the ground, coming to rest at a 45 degree angle. Nobody needs to be told what to do as the SEAL team leaps out, shielding themselves from rotor wash and dodging the blades just inches above their heads. This was definitely not the plan.
You’re on the ground but the mission has barely begun. Thankfully, you have Mitch in your ear. "This is war. Stay sharp. Situations change, the mission remains the same: kill or capture Bin Laden."