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Real leader of 'Captain Phillips' Navy SEAL team visits Ariz.

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Lieutenant Pete Scobell spent more than a dozen years as a seal and was part of some very high profile missions.

In 2009, one made headlines around the world.

A Navy SEAL team rescued the captain of the American cargo ship, Maersk Alabama, which was taken hostage by Somali pirates.

It was a tense standoff that lasted for days.

Four years later, the story was made into a very successful Hollywood movie: "Captain Phillips." it starred Tom Hanks and earned six Academy Award nominations, including best picture.

During the real life drama, SEAL snipers killed the pirates and marked the end of a tense standoff. Three shots and three kills.  

Scobell, the lead member of the SEAL team and is now retired, was in the valley Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theater as part of the Patriot Tour.

It's a tour where a group of veterans share their stories about serving our country.

But instead of just giving a speech, Scobell shared his stories through music.

"You walk away and realize why you were there was for the guys, you were with people you stood beside. In doing this, we're able to bring everyone back together, kinda like getting the band back together. It's fun, awesome to be traveling around like we did before with platoon units and really have a mission again," said Scobell.  

The famous rescue of Captain Phillips is just one of several special ops missions for Scobell.

Throughout his Navy career, he was awarded several personal decorations, including two bronze stars with valor.

Since retiring from the SEALs, Scobell works tirelessly on behalf of returning veterans, especially those with traumatic brain injuries.

"It's for all services suffering from PTSD. We don't like to call it that. We like to call it PST, it's not a disorder. It's curable and fixable. It's equine therapy retreats for families and service members in order to help and get through some of those tough times," said Scobell.

"We've all been knocked down and we're just gonna share stories of how we got back up again. You can't put a price tag on that."

The Patriot Tour's next stops are in Los Angeles on Friday and San Diego on Saturday.

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