What was the codename for the US military action that killed Bin Laden?
#121295. Asked by star_gazer. (May 02 11 4:51 PM)
Actually, there's considerable confusion about this.|
"There were conflicting reports in the media regarding the official mission code name. Originally reported as Operation Geronimo it was subsequently reported as Operation Neptune['s] Spear, with Jackpot as the code name for bin Laden as an individual and Geronimo as the code word for bin Laden's capture or death. Neptune's spear is the trident, which appears on Navy Special Warfare insignia, with the three prongs of the trident representing the operational capacity of SEALs on sea, air and land."
Those footnotes I've retained in the text are interesting, at least to me. (I'm surprised how little attention this question's getting.)
Also, Native Americans are displeased with the use of the name "Geronimo." (Sources: the next paragraph in the Wikipedia article plus a Native American friend of mine.) But one of the footnotes at WP leads to a hint, sort of, that maybe "Geronimo" in this sense meant:
"2. an exclamation expressing exhilaration, esp when jumping from a great height
Also, I assumed "Neptune" referred to the sea burial, but the source indicates a direct reference to SEAL insignia.
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