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U.S. Navy ship fires at boat in Persian Gulf
CNN ^ | Barbara Starr,

Posted on 07/16/2012 9:32:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin

A U.S. military supply ship fired Monday at a small boat in the Persian Gulf after it came too close, apparently killing one person on board, two U.S. officials said.

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.

The small boat appeared to be headed for that port, the officials said, adding that their information was preliminary. The U.S. ship verbally warned the smaller boat when it was 1,200 yards away and fired at least one warning shot before the decision was made to fire shots to disable the boat, the officials said.

"In accordance with Navy force protection procedures, the sailors on the USNS Rappahannock ... used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force," the Navy said in a statement.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: War on Terror
KEYWORDS: navy; persiangulf; usnavy; usnsrappahannock

1 posted on 07/16/2012 9:32:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Oh boy! Here comes another apology!
2 posted on 07/16/2012 9:35:11 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: BenLurkin

They got plenty of warning. If they don’t understand a warning shot they either have bad intentions or they’re Darwin Award candidates.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 9:36:01 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: BenLurkin

Remember the U.S.S. Cole!


4 posted on 07/16/2012 9:36:35 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: BenLurkin
As a reminder to any hand-wringers out there why the Navy did what it did...


5 posted on 07/16/2012 9:39:39 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: BenLurkin

Target practice.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 9:44:43 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker
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To: Wilum

He better not!


7 posted on 07/16/2012 9:45:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DonkeyBonker

Looking for pictures of the “30 ft white pleasure craft,” anybody seen what it looks like now?


8 posted on 07/16/2012 9:57:00 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Triple

A big Shout Out to the sailors and captain! Great Shooting men.


9 posted on 07/16/2012 9:58:43 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: BenLurkin

One killed, 3 injured

A little more info here...

http://news.yahoo.com/official-us-ship-fires-boat-off-dubai-1-155101441.html

“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.”


10 posted on 07/16/2012 10:01:10 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: BenLurkin

What I do not understand is with what did they use to fire?
USNS ships are owned by the US Navy but are civilian manned vessels. Can anybody explain this? They are not armed vessels, unless you want to count the pistol in the Master’s safe.


11 posted on 07/16/2012 10:02:43 AM PDT by navyblue (<u>)
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To: Timber Rattler
With more ships like the USNS Rappahannock, the Cole would not have had to put in to [a hostile] port to refuel...
12 posted on 07/16/2012 10:11:23 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: BenLurkin
One press report said: "after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship" off the coast of Jebel Ali,"

If that story holds up, we will be OK.

We can't risk another "Cole" incident where a small boat drilled one of our ships and killed 17 of our service people and injured many more. - Tom

13 posted on 07/16/2012 10:14:57 AM PDT by Capt. Tom
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To: Triple

A gray submarine?


14 posted on 07/16/2012 10:16:46 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: navyblue
From the US Navy:

"the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-caliber machine gun."

15 posted on 07/16/2012 10:21:01 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: BenLurkin

Comment on my post above: Either this is a USS ship or the Navy has started to put Navy armed guards aboard its USNS ships. Something of which I would whole heartedly approve. But it is highly unlikely the the civilian crews on USNS vessels would be allowed to man 50 cal machine guns. I admit I have been out of the loop for a few years.


16 posted on 07/16/2012 10:29:14 AM PDT by navyblue (<u>)
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To: BenLurkin

Probably civilians out fishing, who didn’t get the .50 cal. message.


17 posted on 07/16/2012 10:32:05 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: popdonnelly

Gearing up for the Oct surprise.

It’s all the POS in the WH has.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 10:57:25 AM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Wilum
"Oh boy! Here comes another apology!"

Oh geez, you really beat me to this. I came looking for this thread when I heard the news and there my reply was at No. 2. (getting old and slow)

19 posted on 07/16/2012 11:06:29 AM PDT by NTegraT (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: BenLurkin

In that part of the world, to approach a naval vessel the boat operator is either stunningly stupid, or a terr perp.


20 posted on 07/16/2012 11:26:17 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: navyblue

All U.S.N.S. ships are civilian maned have limited amount of DEFENCE weapons. The 50 cal. was maned by a team of active military.I have sailed on that ship and have nothing but praise for the crew.


21 posted on 07/16/2012 11:56:00 AM PDT by msc164
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To: saganite
They got plenty of warning.

But was the warning in English or the local lingo? Or, could it have been a deliberate setup to provoke the incident? Looking for an excuse to close the straits?

22 posted on 07/16/2012 12:10:22 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: BenLurkin

I wish they’d sent the piece of crap to Davy Jones’ locker in a ball of napalm. Gettin’ really tired of these ragheads pullin’ USS Cole style attacks.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 12:17:50 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: JimRed

If procedures were followed, part of the “warning” is stitching the water ahead of the craft with .50 rounds - that’s fairly clear in any language.

Hopefully this wasn’t a case of warning shots missing, though.


24 posted on 07/16/2012 12:20:36 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Sea Parrot

The problem is other than being haze gray Rappahanock doesn’t look like a naval vessel.


25 posted on 07/16/2012 12:22:46 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist
U.S.N.S. stands for United States Navel Ship. It is not owned by the Navy, but by the government. Some of the older ships were once operated by the Navy, but were decommissioned and given to MSC/Military Sealift Command out of Virginia, if I remember.
26 posted on 07/16/2012 5:37:10 PM PDT by msc164
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To: msc164

It might not have looked like one, but at least it behaved like one...


27 posted on 07/16/2012 5:48:58 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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