April 14th, 2009
04:42 PM ET

World's greatest hostage rescues

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[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/africa/04/12/somalia.pirates.ordeal/art.phillips.navy.jpg caption="Capt. Richard Phillips, right, stands with U.S. Navy Cmdr. Frank Castellano after Phillips' rescue Sunday."]

The Daily Beast

The Navy SEALS are the heroes of the hour after rescuing Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. But the operation was just the latest in a storied history of hostage rescues carried out by elite special forces around the globe. THE DAILY BEAST brings you six of the most daring commando missions of all time.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Pirates
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. JC-Los Angeles

    Does freeing the American people from the grip of George W. Bush count as a hostage rescue?

    April 14, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  2. Fun

    Bravo, new administarion!!
    But, I told the frensh military did the same think last month for second time!
    America should protect us from every pirates in everywhere.
    "World’s greatest hostage rescues", I think the tittle diminish USA powers, because America, it s not only military power also place of birth of the liberty in modern world.
    Finally, USA have to take, still, the lead to fix this dilemma.
    Good Bless USA

    April 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  3. Linda

    This is exactly why we need to fund our military! Good Job Navy! This is what happens when you go after Americans. No matter what, economic crisis, or anything else, or military is here to protect each and every one of us.

    @ Reggie
    I don't remember hearing that Obama was on that ship and took a shot at the pirates.

    April 14, 2009 at 8:11 pm |
  4. Heidi

    i'm not sure anyone knows what you're saying Reggie. can you proofread your next message before posting it?

    April 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    The NAVY Seals are fantastic and so wonderfully dedicated and capable. I was not surprised at all when the Captain was rescued by them. They seem to regularly make the impossible possible.

    April 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm |

    Say what you mean mean what you say good job president obama.let,s not be pick on by no one because they thank you are weak you know that the world going to try you sir.If GOD for you who can be againts you stand boldly that,s your nataure.You know what Im saying.

    April 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm |