In Code Name Willow Bay, we deal with counter maritime-terrorism, a highly specialist form of counterterrorism, the hardest one of all. When a commercial vessel is taken over, hijacked by terrorists, you have a much more serious problem than with an aircraft standing on the apron. Aircraft are quite easy to take back, it happens all the time and is seen as “bread and butter” work for Special Forces. I explained the techniques on storming an aircraft in Code Name Wrangler, a book that is used by many SWAT Units as training material. Luckily, at the moment, maritime terrorist attacks are less than 1% of all terror attacks but the terrorists are changing course and coveting to take commercial vessels. All the evidence is there to see and discussed in this book. But the question arose if a defended vessel can be taken, say a “mother ship” or “spy vessel” with enemy Special Forces aboard? All comes down to approaching the target ship by stealth. It is much harder than what you may think and here the hardest target of them all was chosen, a modern warship on the open seas, not tied to a quay in the harbour. There are two counter maritime-terrorism methods besides swimming underwater to the captured or to be captured vessel – an impossibility when she is moving. The first method is the fast roping down or landing with a helicopter on the enemy ship. The second, is the approach with fast rubber ducks from the side, boarding her. None of these methods will work against a warship or even a merchant vessel overtaken by trained terrorists. The vessel’s radar will pick up the approaching helicopter long before they can get close, risking them being shot down with MANPAD missiles if a terrorist, and the CIWS of a modern warship. That part is out, it won’t work and if you start jamming their radar, they will know that an attack is coming. The same with rubber ducks, you will never get past the sonar, your fast spinning screws will be picked up. So how do you get your men on that ship without the terrorists or guards knowing? This is the question that is answered here - the “Willow Bay Method.” This technique, I understand, is now copied by most major countries’ Maritime Special Forces. This is the background story on how the method came into being.
Description: Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson, approaches her ground commander and later husband, former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot with an outlandish concept in taking a modern warship travelling on the open ocean with Special Forces alone by using covert infiltration techniques never done before. They need to conduct a HAHO (High Altitude, High Opening) jump with Special Forces from 27,000 feet, open their parachutes immediately and glide towards the target unseen by radar. However, Angelique is not officially trained in the Special Forces insertion technique, or is she? Foxtrot immediately realizes that she is not only trained, she probably conducted hundreds of such jumps, raising questions about her past. He must ensure her safety as she will not back down from the jumps, not even with a broken hand, to prove that her stealth approach concept, worked out with Geelslang Peter Ndebele’s assistance, works. She introduces a crossbow, proving one more concept to a sceptical Foxtrot… that she can cause the same ballistic damage with a crossbow bolt than a .50 caliber sniper rifle, and she can do so silently if at much shorter range. Foxtrot and Angelique Dawson are still circling each other, not willing to declare openly that their souls are in love but they do share a kiss at 27,000 feet which will go down in the GMJ Series as the stuff of legends. If you wish to read about Covert and Special Forces Operations in sub-Saharan Africa, the GMJ Books are the place to start. You will learn about covert operations, Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few. Code Name Willow Bay is the twelfth book of the popular GMJ Series.