German TV Fail: Star Trek’s Maquis NOT Involved In Bin Laden Mission

Yesterday a German news station had a major image fail. While covering the US Navy SEALs operation to kill Osama bin Laden they mistook a Star Trek fan-made emblem for the Maquis for the actual SEAL Team Six emblem. Check it out below.


German TV Fail: Maquis NOT involved in Bin Laden Mission

On Thursday the German news channel N24 was covering the death of Osama bin Laden and how the US Navy’s "SEAL Team Six" headed up the mission in Pakistan last Sunday. At one point N24 host Mick Locher showed off what he thought was the official emblem for SEAL Team Six, check it out:

Star Trek’s Maquis helped take down Osama bin Laden?

Locher even commented (translated from German) on the emblem:

And they also have the ‘Team Six,’ that carried out the mission. They don’t have the skull in their emblem for nothing.

Locher didn’t seem to notice (or care) that the skull in question was from a Klingon and included a bolted-on eyepatch. He and N24 also appear undeterred by the emblem’s inclusion of a phaser, 3 Klingon bat’leth swords and the word "Maquis." The original Maquis were a French resistance guerrilla group who (ironically) fought against German occupation in World War II. That group inspired the name for the Maquis seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, who fought against Cardassia in former Federation colonies.

For the record here is the real emblem for SEAL Team Six:

N24’s emblem fail appears to be from a sloppy Google image search where they mistakenly grabbed an emblem from the Star Trek fan group Maquis Forces International. MFI created a number of emblems for various 24th century "SEAL TEAMS."  However, TrekMovie can confirm that Star Trek’s Maquis were not involved with the mission to take down Osama bin Laden.

Really N24? No red flags here?

Lindelof sees bin Laden mission/Trek connection

Although the N24’s connection was inadvertent, Star Trek co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof was thinking Trek when he heard about Sunday’s operation. Earlier in the week Damon sent out the following tweet.


Source: BildBlog, thanks to Zamonia and Shaun1701 on Twitter for help with article.


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Everyone makes mistakes, but this one is awesome!

Go Trek!

Damn Funny. Germans….

Das ist ja lächerlich!

Wait Damon….we cheated to win? Otherwise we are talking unwinable sir.

Navy Seals apparently don’t believe in a no win scenario.

@2 That’s 3 words you don’t normally see so close together.

tap tap, thud

Our Seal Team Six is Kirk (Captain), Spock (science officer), McCoy (medical officer), Chekov (Strategics), Scotty (Engineer) and Sulu (Navigation Specialist)

Uhura (High Value Target)

Mission: Recover High Value Target

Just too funny. Go Trek!

What a mistake to make.

Awesome to see a StarTrek emblem get on the news, even if it was an error.

Idiot media is everywhere. Fact checks, people.


Was someone pulling a practical joke on them? This is hilarious and depressing at the same time.

Reality and fiction are confused lately … hmmmm… I do not think a good idea to mix Star Trek with reality at the moment … reality is harsh and very dangerous in this matter … just wondering!

:-) :-)

Also they didn’t notice the Type 2 phaser in the Eagle’s talons lol

I need to see a clip of this XD

The Seals just followed the rules from “Zombieland”

Rule #2: Doubletap

Since Bin Laden was shot two times, the Seals insured that he was dead by performing the double tap, BANG BANG, Bin Laden Dead.

Wooot! GO Maquis Forces International! :) So proud to be a trekkie at this moment. LOL

As a former Sailor in the U.S Navy I am so Proud of Seal Team Six. As a Hard Core Trek Fan I also am proud. Also. My Thanks to the Seal who Blew off Bin Ladens Head. Only wish i was there to see it.

It is pretty funny that the German station used a Star Trek Emblem. Hmm.
Maybe it was not seal team six. Maybe it was Kirk,Spock and a team of MACOS from the 23rd century who came back in time and double taped Bin Laden. OR. It could have been a special team from the Terran Empire who blew Bin Laden away.

Man.. This is priceless. Way to come back MAQUIS.. The Cardassians may have beat ya back.. but ya out swinging and help take out Bin Laden.. WOOHOO! Go Maquis Forces International SEALS..

Seriously tho (grin).. as retired Navy myself.. PROUD of the REAL SEALS. But the use of the Maquis Seal Team Six Logo.. PRICELESS.. I’d hate to be the guy who googled that image that night!

I feel bad for the reporter, but amazed at how something so blatant could be overlooked in a rush to get graphics onto the news.

Maquis are voracious opponents! LOL

My sincere thanks and admiration to the REAL SEAL Team IV!

So, Ro Laren wasn’t involved in the operation to take out Bin Laden? Now I’m just totally confused.

#6,i love it!! :) This is awesome!! Kirk can do a real good job huh? Shooting him in the face like that! And Gremans,you gota love them!! They love there StarTrek!! But i also.would like to thank the Seal Team for there work to help keep us save!

That’s Has-been Laden now!

I heard the Sharks took a bite of Laden and spit him back out. He tasted bad.

LOL. Star Trek works itself into everything EVERYWHERE. LOL

Lindelofs’ quite was hilarious as well.

Well I’d say that’s on par with the level of reporting everywhere else in the media.

This is proof that there a lot of German Trekkies in Germany!!!

Perhaps they would have taken him alive if they really were armed with phasers…

I’d be a bit worried if there were French Trekkies in Germany….


#28. I would have had my phaser on full. Not stun. I would have hit him first in the Legs and then his Head.

This is the most awesomest thing I have ever seen in my entire life.


Way to go, Commodore!!!

I posted this in Richard Marcinko’s Rouge Warrior Forums, Dick is the Seal Team 6 creator. I am also a member of this fan club in Canada, Zone 11, attached to SEALS TEAM 5. MAquis Forces International has a small but proud Canadian Contingent.

Bin Laden Drinks all around, two shots and a splash of water :-P

This unofficial picture of Bin Laden’s face after the recent attack has just been released to the media.

Don’t look if you don’t have the stomach.

Really – a phaser, a klingon/borg skull and 3 bat’leth’s and no one noticed something is wrong? :D

Epic fail :) Made my day :D

But remember, Germans love David Hasselhoff!

that what we call “Qualitätsjournalismus”

My lord how dumb!

Not sure that I see the Kobayshi Maru metaphor either.

It was great work by the USA and no mistake, and you can feel rightfully proud of the guys involved in taking this b’stard out – kind of ironic though that after all the hunting where was bin Laden found? Yep, at home!
You couldn’t make it up! lol


The Kobayashi Maru connection is a little bit of a stretch though. Surely the idea of training on a replica are more akin to all those holodeck training simulations we saw in episodes like Chain of Command or Dark Frontier?

Too funny!

It seems I have to apologize to all people that I kept telling “There are no Starfleet Marines”.

I smell Section 31…


I believe Section 31 is what the CIA will become. Lol.

The reporters always seem to misidentify aircraft and their functions — identifying fuel tanks as bombs, for example, and calling any military plane a “fighter jet”. Those two patches look similar. But who’s doing their research?

it is always nice to see how funny the german ones are… damn, i am one myself…. maybe there was a fan who promised to his son he would bring star trek back to tv. and who would break a promise to his son? ;) only an idea… lol

Who knows after this they might consider using the patch from now on if any of them are trek fans.