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Official: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead
AP/ABC ^ | 7/16/2012 | ADAM SCHRECK

Posted on 07/16/2012 9:05:00 AM PDT by mojito

An American vessel fired on a boat Monday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, killing one person and injuring three, according to a U.S. consular official in Dubai.

The official gave no further details, but it appeared the boat could have been mistaken as a threat in Gulf waters not far from Iran's maritime boundaries.

Dozens of police and other Emirati officials crowded around the white-hulled boat, which sat docked after the incident in a small Dubai port used by fishermen and sailors.

The boat appeared to be a civilian vessel about 30 feet (9 meters) long and powered by three outboard motors. Similar boats are used for fishing in the region, though Iran's Revolutionary Guard also employs relatively small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dubai; iran; irg; oiler; persiangulf; rappahanock; uae
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Looks like things are heating up.
1 posted on 07/16/2012 9:05:11 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

1 down, 999,999,999 to go.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 9:07:06 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: mojito

Have we apologized yet?


3 posted on 07/16/2012 9:08:58 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: mojito

Well done, bluejackets.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 9:10:13 AM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: mojito

5 posted on 07/16/2012 9:10:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: mojito

Thankfully, we have a chief executive with the right skills for this situation, as well as experience tested under actual battle conditions!

If memory serves, he already has a dozen or more apologies under his belt.

He’ll know just what to do...


6 posted on 07/16/2012 9:11:52 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: EEGator

fishermen?


7 posted on 07/16/2012 9:12:57 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: mojito

It’s not October yet.


8 posted on 07/16/2012 9:13:09 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: COBOL2Java

“Have we apologized yet?”

No phone cell service on the golf course.


9 posted on 07/16/2012 9:13:16 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: mojito

if you come that close to a US Navy ship you are be definition a threat and can be shot

I am 100% certain they spent a lot of time frantically trying to signal them and contact them before shooting at them

Too bad for them, but if you are too stupid to know not to approach a US Navy Ship then you are better off dead anyway


10 posted on 07/16/2012 9:13:42 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: COBOL2Java

Obama’s warming up the low bow..


11 posted on 07/16/2012 9:13:48 AM PDT by GOPJ (Innocent people dying was the objective of Fast and Furious......... Ann Coulter)
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To: mojito
Captain's discretion.

If he thinks it's a threat, it dies.

Just letting the Iranian rowboat navy know, 'Don't **** with me"

12 posted on 07/16/2012 9:13:53 AM PDT by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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To: mojito

Was the American vessel military or an American flagged commercial vessel?


13 posted on 07/16/2012 9:20:51 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: mojito
One of two things is likely to happen:

Either Obama will publicly state the Captain "acted stupidly," as he charged in the Cambridge Police/Henry Gates incident, or the Captain will quietly resign/retire under duress.

14 posted on 07/16/2012 9:21:38 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: mojito
Just as long as it's not the Emir's yacht
15 posted on 07/16/2012 9:21:38 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: edpc

>> Obama will publicly state the Captain “acted stupidly,”

What if the captain was a woman? Or, even more of a challenge for The One, a *lesbian*?

That would be the mother of all cognitive dissonance triggers.


16 posted on 07/16/2012 9:25:19 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: barmag25

>> or an American flagged commercial vessel?

Not sure those are armed well enough to sink a 30ft boat.

I’m pretty sure they’re not *supposed* to be, anyway.


17 posted on 07/16/2012 9:27:21 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: barmag25

Details are sketchy at the moment, but it appears to have been a US Naval vessel.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 9:29:12 AM PDT by mojito
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To: stuartcr

Oops, I meant Muzzies. I guess reading the whole article before posting helps.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 9:29:12 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Nervous Tick

I’m pretty sure they’re not *supposed* to be, anyway.
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They are. US flagged tankers and container ships who operate in that region have security teams on board.


20 posted on 07/16/2012 9:32:34 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

Roger.

On review, the OP doesn’t say they sank the boat, just fired on it, killing a few of ‘em.

That could be accomplished with small arms fire.

Thanks and FRegards


21 posted on 07/16/2012 9:36:19 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: mojito

Warm up for a Gulf of Tonkin incident


22 posted on 07/16/2012 9:36:35 AM PDT by jesseam (eliev)
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To: mojito

Not to worry Obama the great Bin Laden hunter is on the job.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 9:39:01 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Nervous Tick

I’m thinking it may have been commercial. If it had been Navy the AP would of went into US military bashing mode when they wrote this article.


24 posted on 07/16/2012 9:39:15 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: Mr. K
Numerious warning signals, including warning shots across the bow prior to firing on the boat
25 posted on 07/16/2012 9:47:18 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Nervous Tick

Good pictures of some US flagged ships and security ideas.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/12/strange_waters?page=full#0


26 posted on 07/16/2012 9:51:15 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

Another thread/article stated it was a US Navy supply vessel. Possibly a refueling tanker. That they fired a warning shot and when the approaching vessel did not change coarse, they opened fire , killing one and injuring two others.


27 posted on 07/16/2012 9:55:40 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: barmag25

Very cool! Tku


28 posted on 07/16/2012 9:57:55 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: barmag25

CNN article:

“The USNS Rappahannock, a fuel resupply ship, fired on what the officials called a “small, white pleasure craft” 10 miles from the Dubai port of Jebel Ali”


29 posted on 07/16/2012 9:58:57 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: barmag25

It’s USNS (United States Navy Ship) Rappahannock, a T-AO Oiler.

They are operated by Military Sealift Command with civilian crews but with a Navy detachment on board (who would have fired the .50s).

http://www.msc.navy.mil/inventory/ships.asp?ship=146


30 posted on 07/16/2012 10:03:09 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: stuartcr

30’ small white boat with 3 engines = sport fisherman.

Think Hatteras with three 80 hp engines, tuna hunter, sailfish hunter, etc.


31 posted on 07/16/2012 10:06:02 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963

Thanks for the update.


32 posted on 07/16/2012 10:06:19 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: COBOL2Java

Obama to muzzies: “Oops, we’re sorry, we thought that was an Israeli boat... we’ll buy you 100 new ones to make it up to you”.


33 posted on 07/16/2012 10:08:35 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: mojito
Must have been some sort of “Wedding Party” taking place on the boat . . .
34 posted on 07/16/2012 10:12:40 AM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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A spokesperson for the Navy's 5th Fleet, which is based in nearby Bahrain, said that a security team aboard the oil supply ship U.S.N.S. Rappahannock fired a .50 caliber machine gun at a "small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship" off the coast of Jebel Ali, a city approximately 30 miles from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/us-navy-fires-ship-persian-gulf-dead/story?id=16787035#.UARK7pG0KSo
35 posted on 07/16/2012 10:13:47 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: Nervous Tick
Not sure those are armed well enough to sink a 30ft boat.

It wasn't sunk. FTA;

Dozens of police and other Emirati officials crowded around the white-hulled boat, which sat docked after the incident in a small Dubai port used by fishermen and sailors.

36 posted on 07/16/2012 10:17:45 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: mandaladon

I was just there a couple of weeks ago on a US flagged tanker. God bless the security teams both military and private that travel with our US flagged vessels. The civilian crews appreciate what they do.


37 posted on 07/16/2012 10:19:47 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: Roccus

Real hard to actually sink a (probably) fiberglass boat with non-explosive rounds.


38 posted on 07/16/2012 10:24:42 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Roccus

see #21


39 posted on 07/16/2012 10:30:37 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick

And a proven bower, he’s actually a double threat.

We could probably add boot-licker too, but the cameras were just aimed too high.

Oh well...


40 posted on 07/16/2012 12:05:56 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: mandaladon

Interesting- the Navy spokesman called it a “small motor vessel” and CNN a “pleasurecraft.” The power of words....


41 posted on 07/16/2012 12:45:59 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: mojito

I live here right on the eastern waterfront in Bahrain. I hope no Iranian missiles start flying through my windows.


42 posted on 07/16/2012 1:32:48 PM PDT by EURASLEEP (Europe is Crashing and They're Asleep at the Wheel)
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To: stuartcr

They were warned. I have not seen many fishermen in 30’ boats with THREE outboards.

I’m sure the muslim in the white hut is warming up the apologies and the cash right now as well as the inquisition and subsequent court martial for our U.S. Navy Captain of the vessel.


43 posted on 07/16/2012 1:47:00 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average, they voted for oblabla.)
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To: mojito

Mess(bull) = Get(horns);


44 posted on 07/16/2012 2:47:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Robe

Right, when you get a burst of .50 cal across your bow from a Navy vessel it SHOULD get your undivided attention. We only warn once. GTF away or ELSE.


45 posted on 07/16/2012 5:24:17 PM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: Mr. K

I swear, that had to be a test of Navy ship defenses. Who ignores 50 cal. shots over their bow?


46 posted on 07/16/2012 6:01:20 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: mojito

Think Gulf of Tonkin.


47 posted on 07/16/2012 6:47:37 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: barmag25
Was the American vessel military or an American flagged commercial vessel?

USNS Rappahanock is a US government owned vessel operated by the Navy's Military Sealift Command, using a combination civilian (civil service) and regular navy crew. The Navy MILDET has a ship security component which mans the ship's defensive weapons which includes a MA2 50-caliber machine gun.

48 posted on 07/16/2012 7:32:10 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: Nervous Tick
Not sure those are armed well enough to sink a 30ft boat.

Unless it's a Boston Whaler it's not all that hard. A number of 40 caliber holes right at the water line or just an inch or so lower and the hull will eventually slip beneath the waves unless there is a lot of pump action going. A friend of mine's dad used to carry a Holland & Holland .375 magnum in his 46' sailboat. He called it his engine room gun. It's sold purpose was to either disable the motor or sink the vessel. His Mini14 and plethora of 1911 45's also on board are for captain and crew, as needed.

49 posted on 07/16/2012 10:24:09 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: mojito

Just one dead? Darn.


50 posted on 07/17/2012 6:40:31 AM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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