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(ABC)   US Navy fires on "white pleasure craft" in Persian Gulf, killing one person and injuring three others. They should have signaled the safeword   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 250
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2012-07-16 03:13:39 PM  
Was is manufactured by KKKris-KKKRaft?
 
2012-07-16 03:16:09 PM  
Maybe it was a ribbed boat.
 
2012-07-16 03:27:36 PM  
That's Racist?
 
2012-07-16 03:35:35 PM  
A Navy official said the offending vessel was a white pleasure craft, but a UAE official told ABC News it was a fishing boat with four Indians and two Emirates on board.

I'll put a couple of bucks down on it being a charter from a local posh hotel.
 
2012-07-16 03:37:57 PM  
Oh please let it be this one
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-16 03:47:33 PM  
It was really just a massager
 
2012-07-16 03:48:29 PM  
www.registeredevil.com

Can't say I blame them.
 
2012-07-16 03:50:49 PM  
FTA: "...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"

Here's a really good idea: if you see any naval warships, from any nation, DO NOT approach them. If you need assistance, signal them and stay put. Chances are, they already know you're there and are watching you.
 
2012-07-16 04:04:05 PM  
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.

Meh, I'm not a boat capt or have any kind of nautical knowledge and even I know better than to make a fast line toward a US military ship.
 
2012-07-16 04:05:29 PM  
So much for my dream of running a falafel boat
 
2012-07-16 04:07:22 PM  
I submitted this story with another headline. :-(

US Navy ship fires .50-cal machine gun at 30-foot boat that ignored warnings, rapidly approached vessel off UAE coast. One dead, three wounded. That's pretty Cole
 
2012-07-16 04:08:10 PM  
Only one dead? Those folks need more target practice.
 
2012-07-16 04:19:11 PM  

bojon: Only one dead? Those folks need more target practice.


Well, you still try to disable an approaching boat, so they probably shot up the stern in an effort to take out the engine/prop/drivetrain. Those half inch bullets really make a mess of things though.
 
2012-07-16 04:27:14 PM  
In all fairness, the USNS Rappahannock does not look like a Navy vessel. It's basically another oil tanker.

And technically, it isn't US Navy...it's MSC.

Not that that is really going to matter, but let's keep facts straight.
 
2012-07-16 04:34:32 PM  
Not bad, but I like the term, "pleasure craft" better. Also, subby's screen name is NavyVet, so he wins. Sorry, nice try though.
 
2012-07-16 04:35:47 PM  
Oops. ^^^ read my above post.
 
2012-07-16 04:40:50 PM  
AirForceVet...the above posts were for you. Something must be wrong with my phone.
 
2012-07-16 05:32:47 PM  
No problem, Mark Ratner. I've been called worse things than being a Navy vet. :-)
 
2012-07-16 05:56:21 PM  
Don't navy vessels fire warning shots before opening fire for real?
 
2012-07-16 05:57:13 PM  

PacManDreaming: FTA: "...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"

Here's a really good idea: if you see any naval warships, from any nation, DO NOT approach them. If you need assistance, signal them and stay put. Chances are, they already know you're there and are watching you.


ESPECIALLY in the Persian Gulf.
 
2012-07-16 05:57:14 PM  
It was only supposed to be a 3 hour tour!
 
2012-07-16 05:58:08 PM  
Once had my boat engine not start while a missile submarine was coming into a harbor, yeah It wasn't fun watching an M-60 machine gun get pointed right at you, lucky it started and i was able to move away from the incoming ship, think you need to be 500feet or so away from it?

Yeah...navy doesn't play (was a coast guard vessel, i guess a light craft used to escort the subs coming in and clear a path)

I didn't mind the M-60, damn engine should of been shot first though.
 
2012-07-16 05:59:44 PM  
Mess with the Bull you get the horns....
 
2012-07-16 06:00:42 PM  

Mark Ratner: Not bad, but I like the term, "pleasure craft" better. Also, subby's screen name is NavyVet, so he wins. Sorry, nice try though.


"Pleasure Craft" makes me think Harry Mudd was captaining it.

/actually, this makes a lot of sense all of a sudden
 
2012-07-16 06:01:47 PM  
and so the end of the world begins.
Bye, it was nice to know you all, I think
 
2012-07-16 06:02:04 PM  
The carrier U.S.S. John C. Stennis has been ordered to head to the region four months ahead of schedule in September to replace the outgoing U.S.S. Enterprise.

I've noticed this trend... are all future naval vessels going to be named after politicians now, retiring the cool-ass names in use for centuries?

Is this an attempt by the military to secure more funding? 'Play your cards right, Senator, and you might have an aircraft carrier named after you!'

Also, "Originally, Stennis was an ardent supporter of racial segregation, like most Mississippi politicians. In the 1950s and 1960s he vigorously opposed the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and he signed the Southern Manifesto of 1956, supporting filibuster tactics to block or delay passage in all cases.
Earlier, as a prosecutor, he sought the conviction and execution of three sharecroppers whose murder confessions had been extracted by torture, including flogging."


Nice...
 
2012-07-16 06:02:04 PM  

tortilla burger: Don't navy vessels fire warning shots before opening fire for real?


That was the warning shot.
 
2012-07-16 06:02:45 PM  

doyner: In all fairness, the USNS Rappahannock does not look like a Navy vessel. It's basically another oil tanker.


With .50 cal firepower.

You forgot that part

//so did they
 
2012-07-16 06:04:58 PM  

bojon: Only one dead? Those folks need more target practice.


The objective is to disable the ship. For that they would be firing at the steering or engines. Other than the helmsman anyone hit would be incidental, not the target.
 
2012-07-16 06:05:21 PM  
jaypgreene.files.wordpress.com

/How the fark am I the first one to post this?
 
2012-07-16 06:05:57 PM  

traylor: tortilla burger: Don't navy vessels fire warning shots before opening fire for real?

That was the warning shot.


They don't like to tell you twice.
 
2012-07-16 06:06:16 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-16 06:06:17 PM  
I am confused about what happened immediately after they where fired upon. Did the navy disable the vessel? was it towed back to harbor? why didn't the navy send a team to check things out? Where the remaining occupants screaming for their lives while they headed for shore as fast as their bullet riddled boat would take them?

But the most important thing of all that I want to know is what was the content of the conversations on that boat in the minutes leading up to this.
 
2012-07-16 06:06:19 PM  
The Skipper and Gilligan not avalible for comment?
 
2012-07-16 06:07:02 PM  
Boat's lucky it didn't do that w/ a real combatant. CIWS Block 1B doesn't play.
 
2012-07-16 06:07:55 PM  

tortilla burger: Don't navy vessels fire warning shots before opening fire for real?


Looks like someone dnrtfa.
 
2012-07-16 06:08:55 PM  

tortilla burger: Don't navy vessels fire warning shots before opening fire for real?


They did, according to the article you didn't read.
 
2012-07-16 06:09:23 PM  
Very unfortunate,given that the most likely scenario was that the captain was being fellated by a female staff member while at the helm. At least he died happy.
 
2012-07-16 06:09:53 PM  

Maul555: I am confused about what happened immediately after they where fired upon. Did the navy disable the vessel? was it towed back to harbor? why didn't the navy send a team to check things out? Where the remaining occupants screaming for their lives while they headed for shore as fast as their bullet riddled boat would take them?

But the most important thing of all that I want to know is what was the content of the conversations on that boat in the minutes leading up to this.


"That's a cool ship! Can we get a little closer?"
"Sure, why not."
"Great, this will be an awesome picture to post to UAE Facebook! I want a good angle on the name up on the front too, can we go there?"
"Yeah, not a problem."
 
2012-07-16 06:10:52 PM  

ka1axy: doyner: In all fairness, the USNS Rappahannock does not look like a Navy vessel. It's basically another oil tanker.


With .50 cal firepower.

You forgot that part

//so did they


Yes, a handful of .50 cal barely visible (if at all) from their relatively low aspect to the main deck of an oiler.


Not that I blame Rappahannock. I doubt very seriously they'd fire for effect without warning. And in that part of the world you'd be wise not to approach a big GRAY ship with a US flag on it. Pretty navy like in that respect....but it doesn't look like a warship because it isn't really.


All I'm saying is that I understand how this can happen.
 
2012-07-16 06:10:53 PM  

bojon: Only one dead? Those folks need more target practice.


doyner: In all fairness, the USNS Rappahannock does not look like a Navy vessel. It's basically another oil tanker.

And technically, it isn't US Navy...it's MSC..


Also, USNS ships are manned almost entirely by civilians, many of which are... well... shall we say, of colorful circumstances and outlook. So who knows what kind of clown actually pulled the trigger.
 
2012-07-16 06:11:20 PM  

Rufus Lee King: Wow. The U.S. is going to be popular. More than we already are, even.


Thanks a lot Fartbongo! Let's let the Nobel Peace Prize winner start WW3 for oil.
 
2012-07-16 06:11:47 PM  

Maul555: I am confused about what happened immediately after they where fired upon. Did the navy disable the vessel? was it towed back to harbor? why didn't the navy send a team to check things out? Where the remaining occupants screaming for their lives while they headed for shore as fast as their bullet riddled boat would take them?

But the most important thing of all that I want to know is what was the content of the conversations on that boat in the minutes leading up to this.


Host nation is to come out and check out what happened. Unless they are out there with that nation's security boats, they won't be going in the water to check it out. Other than that, they'll stay on the boat, keep and eye on things, and that's about it.

/Been there, and it's insane in that area.
//Member of USS Cole, but not during the bombing.
///Also wondering how you only killed one. .50s will tear most things to shreds, unless they jumped off before being hit.
 
2012-07-16 06:15:18 PM  

bojon: Only one dead? Those folks need more target practice.


It was the navy. What'd you expect?
 
2012-07-16 06:15:51 PM  

Samwise Gamgee: The carrier U.S.S. John C. Stennis has been ordered to head to the region four months ahead of schedule in September to replace the outgoing U.S.S. Enterprise.

I've noticed this trend... are all future naval vessels going to be named after politicians now, retiring the cool-ass names in use for centuries?

Is this an attempt by the military to secure more funding? 'Play your cards right, Senator, and you might have an aircraft carrier named after you!'

Also, "Originally, Stennis was an ardent supporter of racial segregation, like most Mississippi politicians. In the 1950s and 1960s he vigorously opposed the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and he signed the Southern Manifesto of 1956, supporting filibuster tactics to block or delay passage in all cases.
Earlier, as a prosecutor, he sought the conviction and execution of three sharecroppers whose murder confessions had been extracted by torture, including flogging."

Nice...


Also, he appears to have succeeded a Hobbit for his senatorial seat.
 
2012-07-16 06:16:54 PM  
hmmmm, going to have to do some more research before I buy a ticket of said pleasure craft, or any pleasure craft for that matter.
 
2012-07-16 06:17:11 PM  

doyner: And technically, it isn't US Navy...it's MSC.


upload.wikimedia.org

TECHNICALLY it is still a Navy vessel but it is mostly manned by civilians
 
2012-07-16 06:18:41 PM  
This was a "shot across the bow" to let Iran know that we mean business.

And when I say "we", I mean "they".

And when I say "business", I mean "business".
 
2012-07-16 06:19:52 PM  
Actually they warned them several times. So I don't blame them at all. Especially after what happened last time.
 
2012-07-16 06:19:56 PM  
why it gotta be white?
 
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