GERMAN MARINES ABSEIL FROM A HELICOPTER TO THE FLIGHT DECK OF THE
GERMAN FRIGATE KOELN.
German marines abseil from a German Navy Sea Lynx MK 88 helicopter to
the flight deck of the German frigate "Koeln" March 17, 2002 navigating
in the Gulf of Aden. The German navy is carrying out patrols in the Red
Sea and the Gulf of Aden to prevent Saudi-born militant Osama bin
Laden's al Qaeda fighters from escaping to Somalia, as part of the U.S.
lead Enduring Freedom operation. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler