WASHINGTON (AP) - Adm. William Gortney says it took only three
shots for Navy snipers to kill three pirates holding captain
Richard Phillips hostage on a lifeboat drifting in the Indian
Interviewed Monday morning on NBC's "Today" show from Bahrain,
Gortney says the take-down happened shortly after the
hostage-takers were observed by sailors aboard the USS Bainbridge
"with their heads and shoulders exposed."
Asked how the snipers could have killed each pirate with a
single shot in the darkness, Gortney described them as "extremely,
extremely well-trained." He said the firing by the snipers was
ordered by the captain of the Bainbridge after the pirates
"exposed themselves" to attack.