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I have a buyer for a piece of military hardware that is being taken through town. Pick it up for me... and once you get it, I want you to call me immediately...
Colonel Cortez

Sir, Yes, Sir! is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City given to protagonist Tommy Vercetti by retired army colonel Juan Cortez from his yacht docked in the Ocean Bay Marina in Ocean Beach, Vice City.


Cortez has a buyer who wants a "piece of military hardware", (a tank), which is being taken with a military convoy to Fort Baxter Air Base. He wants Tommy to steal it and drive it to a lock-up in Little Havana. Tommy drives to the convoy and steals the tank (which stops at Calleggi Delicatessen Restaurant for doughnuts) and drives it to the lock-up before the tank self destructs while being chased by the cops.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go and acquire the piece of military hardware that is being taken through town.
  • Find a way to steal the tank!
  • Drop the tank off in the Colonels lockup before it self destructs.
  • Drive the tank into the garage.
  • Get out of the tank and walk out of the garage.

Post mission phone call

Kent Paul: Alright me ol'china! It's Paul. I might have a little result for you, but I need to speak to you in person. I'm enjoying a little R&R at the Club Malibu. Reckon you're gonna owe me a favor or two after this, sunshine. I'll see you later.


The reward for completing this mission is $2000 and the mission Death Row is unlocked.


Tommy Vercetti goes to visit Juan Cortez aboard his yacht.
Cortez: Diaz was pleased, and would like to meet you again.
Tommy: Is that a good thing?
Cortez: Of course! Although, I'm starting to think that Diaz was responsible for our unfortunate loss...
Tommy: What makes you say that?
Cortez: One does not wave accusations at a man like Diaz - I'm merely thinking out loud... No matter. I have a proposal that you could profit from...
Tommy: I don't have time to run more errands, Cortez.
Cortez: I would have thought a man with such dangerous debts would be hungry for opportunities. Please, Tommy, at least hear me out.
Tommy: Go on.
Cortez: I have a buyer for a piece of military hardware that is being taken through town. Pick it up for me... and once you get it, I want you to call me immediately, then...
Tommy leaves the yacht and drives to Bayshore Avenue, where a Rhino is being escorted by a military convoy.
NOTE: The following dialogue will play if the convoy reaches the Calleggi Delicatessen Restaurant in Little Havana.
Soldier #1: Go get some doughnuts, soldier!
Soldier #2: Sir, yes, sir!
Tommy approaches the military convoy.
Soldier #1: CONVOY, HALT! Civilian, move away from the tank!
Tommy steals the tank.
Soldier #2: He's stealing the tank, stop him!
The military attacks Tommy along with the cops, while he drives the tank to a lock-up in Little Havana. The tank's self-destruct mechanism is activated along the way.
Voice: Security protocol Delta India Echo triggered! Vehicle self-destruct initiated!
Tommy delivers the tank to the lock-up before it self-destructs.


Video Walkthroughs



  • The name is a reference to a soldier's response to a superior officer in the military.
  • This mission provides a good way to steal a Rhino and keep it for later use. Players simply need to buy the Hyman Condo safehouse, jack the tank and then bring it into the big garage. It will explode and fail the mission - letting the garage door close to repair it will save the tank.
  • The troops in this mission only carry Ruger assault rifles, unlike the soldiers patrolling Fort Baxter Air Base that wield the deadly M4 assault rifles or the six-star wanted level soldiers that wield MP5s, although they will still kill the player due to a fairly large number of soldiers present if the player cannot get in the tank in time.
  • The self-destruct security protocol Delta India Echo timer is triggered when entering the tank and will destroy a stolen tank – killing the operator.
  • Despite Cortez telling Tommy to call him immediately after getting the tank, Tommy never does so.
  • The self-destruct security protocol 'Delta India Echo', spells out 'DIE' in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  • If a soldier kills another soldier, they will still attack the player.
  • Before the self-destruction the security protocol tells the player ”Prepare to die, Communist scum!” It is probably a reference to the Soviet-phobic paranoia in the 1980s (such as the 1984 movie Red Dawn).
  • If the player hesitates too long, the tank will eventually park in the Viceport Military Warehouse, failing the mission.

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