The museum is screening this 2013 Oscar nominated thriller starring Tom Hanks with a post-screening Q/A facilitated by Captain Frank Castellano, U.S. Navy (Retired).  Based on a true event, Navy Seal snipers used the USS Bainbridge as a staging platform to dispatch Somali pirates who had kidnapped the title character.  Captain Castellano was the real-life Commanding Officer of the Bainbridge during that incident and approved the sniper team to use his ship as part of the rescue operation.  He was also a major consultant during the making of the film.  In the movie Castellano is played by actor, Yul Vazquez.

About the Speaker: Captain Francis X. Castellano III is a native of Bellport, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 earning a Bachelor of Science in History. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) and the United States Naval War College earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

During his seagoing career, he completed multiple deployments throughout the world from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Black Seas, as well as combat operations in the Arabian Gulf, counter-piracy operations off Somalia, and counter-narcotics operations off South America. While in command of Bainbridge, his ship and crew earned recognition worldwide for their critical role in the successful rescue of MV Maersk Alabama and her master, Captain Richard Phillips, from Somali pirates.

Captain Castellano's personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and various unit, campaign, and service awards.

Register for this event through Eventbrite or email at  paul.h.perry.civ@us.navy.mil.

Mask Guidelines: A mask is not required while inside the museum or while attending any programs. A mask is not required anywhere outside on the Washington Navy Yard grounds.

Parking Option: Harris Teeters underground parking garage (401 M Street SE). Parking is free for 90 minutes.  Once you park, you will need to go into the store and validate your ticket.  Keep your ticket since you will need it to exit the garage.  After validating your ticket, exit the store and walk to the 11th and O Street entrance of the Navy Yard.  Be at the entrance by Noon and wait on the sidewalk outside the entrance gate.  Have your driver’s license or other form of government issued I.D. with you.

A museum educator will be at the gate at Noon to escort you onto the base and to the museum.

A second and final pick-up from the gate will made at 12:20pm.

Note: Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to be escorted onto the base then to the museum building. If taking Metro, exit the Navy Yard/Ballpark stop.  Exit the metro then walk to the base entrance at 11th and O Street SE (about 10 minutes). Plan to arrive at the entrance one hour before the start of the program. Be at the entrance by Noon and wait in the area adjacent to the Visitor Center.  A museum educator will be there to bring you onto the base.  If you need to contact the museum on the day of the program, call our front desk at 202.685.0589.


Captain Frank Castellano III, USN (Ret.).  Movie image  courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures

Captain Frank Castellano III, USN (Ret.).  Movie image  courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures