Thursday, August 06, 2009
The Lake Michigan cruise ship Odyssey will be taken over by terrorists Thursday morning, but don't worry -- authorities know about it. The FBI and Chicago police will hold an anti-terrorism training exercise starting at 6 a.m. in the waters along the lakefront between Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium, which will use the Odyssey to simulate the hijacking of a maritime vessel on the Great Lakes.
Marine and air assets of the FBI and the Chicago Police will take part in the exercise, which is part of ongoing efforts to test and improve response capabilities and coordination in the event of a terrorist attack, the FBI said Wednesday in a news release. Portions of the training exercise will be visible from the shore into the early afternoon, but no special media event is scheduled. The waters and airspace immediately surrounding the exercise will be restricted, the FBI said.