"Nobody does whatever they like, Umberto, they do what you let them do."
Tommy Vercetti

Naval Engagement is a mission Grand Theft Auto: Vice City given to protagonist Tommy Vercetti by Cubans leader Umberto Robina from his his father's café in Little Havana, Vice City.



Umberto is annoyed that the Haitians forced him to escape during the beginning of the previous mission so he wants you to mess up a Haitian drug deal. The Haitians are having a deal with the Streetwannabes in a mansion in Starfish Island, so Rico will take you there in a speedboat to screw up the deal from the water.

The Mission

Get yourself to Viceport, where Rico is waiting for you with his Jetmax. When you meet him, you'll get on his boat and he'll drive you to the Mansion where the deal is going down.

When you're there, open fire at the Haitian bodyguards on the Tropic boats, or blow them all up with your Rocket Launcher (if you do not have one; you can get one at the nearby Hooker Inn in Viceport). Then, the Streetwannabes will turn on the Haitians. They'll kill the three Haitians conducting the deal and they'll take the coke. Now, kill all the Haitian bodyguards on the Tropics and then blow one of them up to leave Rico some space in which to drop you off.

Once Rico drops you off, the Sharks, wielding Rugers, will attack you. Take cover and gun them down. Be careful of the few Sharks wielding Stubby Shotguns. There are two in the garden, one in the entrance, two around the sides of the house, one on the roof and two on the right side of the house and the small bridge hiding to ambush you. When they're all dead, pick up the briefcases of drugs that they drop. There are two near the house and one in the alcove where the negotiations were taking place. Once you collect the drugs, two surviving Haitians in a Dinghy blow up Rico's Jetmax, land, and start shooting at you. After that, you will earn a three or four-star wanted level, sometimes it could be even 5-star wanted level.

Kill the few remaining Haitians and run as fast as you can to get inside the Landstalker in front of the house and escape! The Landstalker isn't very good for chases and it can easily capsize if you aren't careful. Get to a Pay 'n' Spray. Once your wanted level is gone, get to the Café Robina and deliver the drugs to Umberto. After he gets the shipment, the mission is complete.

Optionally, since there is no time limit or distance limit, you can steal the Landstalker after killing the Sharks but before picking up all three briefcases. The police will try to ram you, so be careful. You can head to Vercetti Estate to change clothes (to eliminate the wanted level), pick up more weapons and/or armor, and get a better and faster car before heading back to trigger the last cutscene.

If the Tropics remain, and you had completed the Film Studio's second mission, consider getting there fast so you could snatch the skimmer and flay away, but be careful about the boat chase. This is for experienced players only.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go meet Rico. He'll drive you to the meet location
  • Collect all the briefcases filled with the drugs and cash
  • Get the drugs and cash back to Umberto


The reward for completing this mission is $4000 and the mission Trojan Voodoo is unlocked.


  • If the player has Brass Knuckles in their inventory, they will be removed when the player arrives at the drug deal.
  • If you take the Landstalker after killing the Sharks and leave the house, another Landstalker will be parked in the same spot when you come back.


  • The song that can be heard playing in the background during the opening cutscene is "Compay Gato" by Los Super Seven. The song isn't featured on any of the in-game radio stations.
  • During the mission's opening cutscene, Umberto Robina mispronounces his last name as "Robino".
  • The objective text telling the player to kill the Haitians on the boat is censored on the iOS version. It refers to the  Haitians as "gangsters". All dialogue referring to Haitians in the cutscene is also censored.
  • Even though Rico is seemingly killed in the explosion in this mission, he still survives and appears in the next mission.
  • When the Jetmax arrives to mansion, the Haitians don't notice it until the player open fire. This gives you some time to overview any enemy position and choose any targets.


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