Of the eighteen-member SEAL Team 2, just eight would be used on this mission. They would now disembark the Carter in two groups via the escape hatch.
It would take only two minutes for the escape hatch to purge after it had filled with water, so the overall process of getting the SEALs into the water would take less than six minutes.
The navigators on the Carter had done an expert job bringing the sub alongside the Milbridge. The SEALs surfaced just off the starboard beam of the Milbridge, less than fifty feet from the hull of the rusted freighter. Once on the surface the SEALs assembled silently and swam toward the Milbridge in preparation for boarding it. They would accomplish this the old-fashioned way, via grappling hooks. In order for the SEALs to board the Milbridge without being detected, it was agreed that a diversion would be staged in order to distract its crew.
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