Obama gifts measuring tape to US SEALs chief

Obama`s gesture came after he got to know that SEALs struggled to measure Osama`s height post raid.

Last Updated: Aug 02, 2011, 20:21 PM IST

New York: President Barack Obama gifted a
measuring tape to the commander of the US SEALs, an elite navy
unit which killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, after he found
out that the commandos did not have one to measure the height
of slain al Qaeda leader following the covert raid.

Obama, also the Commander-in-Chief of the US military,
gifted the measuring tape to Vice-Admiral Bill McRaven, the
SEAL in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
after the May 2 raid on bin Laden`s hideout in Abbottabad.

The President`s gesture came after he got to know that
the SEALs struggled to measure the height of 54-year-old bin
Laden at a US airbase in the Afghan city of Jalalabad
following the al Qaeda leader`s killing, the New Yorker
magazine said in its latest issue bringing into light new
aspects of the entire mission, which was codenamed Operation
Neptune`s Spear.

Bin Laden was believed to be about six feet four, "but
no one had a tape measure to confirm the body`s length. So one
SEAL, who was six feet tall, lay beside the corpse: it
measured roughly four inches longer than the American," the
report said.

Earlier, when bin Laden`s body was brought, a pair of
SEALs unloaded the body bag and unzipped it so that McRaven
and the CIA station chief could see the corpse with their own
eyes.

Once McRaven was convinced that the body belonged to bin
Laden, he appeared on the teleconference screen in the
Situation Room in the White House and confirmed that the al-
Qaeda chief`s body was in the bag.

Then the corpse was sent to Bagram airbase from where it
was transported on a flip-wing V-22 Osprey aircraft to USS
Carl Vinson - a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailing in
the Arabian Sea. Bin Laden`s body was then given a sea burial.

PTI