Operation Buckthorn: UK Special Boat Service Take Down Ship Hijackers

first published on November 20, 2019 by

On December 21, 2018, the United Kingdom’s elite Special Boat Service (SBS) carried out a raid on the Grande Tema, an Italian container ship, off the British coast to free it from four hijackers.

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That mission was dubbed Operation Buckthorn and resulted in the arrests of all four hijackers. No one was injured in the raid. The following video gives a great analysis of the operation.