- "The target is a mobile satellite launch platform, the Lemurian Star. It was sending up their last payload when pirates took 'em, 93 minutes ago."
- ―Brock Rumlow
Jasper Sitwell received an order from the Triskelion to report to the ship. Sitwell, who at the time was assisting Phil Coulson and his team in a mission to hunt the Clairvoyant, had to take a transport jet and leave Coulson's Bus to travel to the ship.
A group of twenty five pirates led by Georges Batroc, a former member of the French DGSE and one of Interpol's most wanted, attacked the ship and took control of it, secretly under instructions of Director Nick Fury himself. Batroc demanded a billion and a half dollars as it was a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship, having taken the technicians as hostages, and the only field officer aboard, Jasper Sitwell.
Ninety three minutes later, Captain America, Black Widow and STRIKE were sent to the ship in order to retake command and free its hostages, when it was setting up its last payload in the Indian Ocean. Captain America gave instructions to the rest of the agents, as he would take point and defeat the hostiles in the deck before searching for Batroc; he ordered Black Widow to clear out the engines room and Brock Rumlow and his STRIKE team to liberate the hostages and take them to safety.
Captain America jumped from the Quinjet after Romanoff advised him to ask a girl for a date, an idea he dismissed for being too busy to have dates. Rogers managed to board the ship unnoticed, and started to silently defeat the pirates that were patrolling the deck, with Rumlow killing the last one as he descended in his parachute.
Meanwhile, some of the pirates started to lose patience about the hijacking, with one of them even saying that they needed to start killing the hostages in order to make S.H.I.E.L.D. pay the ransom. Rogers located Batroc, overhearing him giving orders to Ferdinand Lopez in order to prepare the engines of the ship to depart as soon as the rescue arrived. The man in the engine room received the order, but he found Romanoff just behind him, disabling him and placing around his neck a rope to swing down below deck and shoot several of the pirates on her way down.
The pirates in charge of the hostages already lost confidence in the arrival of the money, and said that they would begin killing hostages if he did not receive news from Batroc, asking another pirate standing guard on the other side of the door. However, just as he answered, Rumlow stunned the pirate, with Jack Rollins placing a small explosive device while the rest of the STRIKE team covered the windows to protect the hostages.
Batroc was informed that S.H.I.E.L.D. was maintaining radio silence regarding the status of the Lemurian Star, and Rumlow informed Captain America that every STRIKE member was in position to release the hostages. Rogers asked Romanoff's status, and she requested radio silence as she quickly defeated the last pirates left in the engine room secure, informing Rogers when it was finally secured.
Just as the pirates were about to kill the first hostages, Rogers ordered STRIKE to act, killing most of the pirates, and Rumlow bursted into the room to kill the head pirate in charge of the hostages. Sitwell remarked something he already told to the pirates, that S.H.I.E.L.D. did not negotiate.
Lopez informed Batroc that he lost contact with the rest of his men, just as Captain America threw his shield. Batroc managed to evade the attack, and escaped from Rogers. Rumlow informed Rogers that they were leading the hostages to extraction, but Romanoff did not appear at the rendezvous point, and there were hostiles left in the ship.
As Rogers was giving Romanoff instructions to help protect the hostages, without obtaining a response, Batroc attacked Captain America, taking him by surprise and managing to defend himself from his retaliation. Following a taunt made by Batroc, Rogers managed to knock Batroc down by smashing him into one of the rooms, where they witnessed Romanoff downloading the data from the ship's mainframe.
Romanoff was obtaining the data under Nick Fury's secret orders, and the true reason why Batroc was hired to hijack the ship and Romanoff sent to it. Rogers was upset that Romanoff endangered the hostages by not following his orders, but she replied that the hostages were not her mission. Rogers complained that she jeopardized the whole operation, and Batroc seized the opportunity to throw a grenade at them and escape, with Romanoff admitting that it had been her fault.
The agents and hostages managed to leave the ship, but Batroc was able to escape without being captured.
Behind the Scenes
- During the briefing on the Quinjet, when Rumlow analyzes the ship's layout; there is a typo on the screen. The ship is listed as the "Lumerian Star" instead of the proper "Lemurian Star".