bojon: Only one dead? Those folks need more target practice.
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.
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.
tortilla burger: Don't navy vessels fire warning shots before opening fire for real?
doyner: In all fairness, the USNS Rappahannock does not look like a Navy vessel. It's basically another oil tanker.
traylor: tortilla burger: Don't navy vessels fire warning shots before opening fire for real?That was the warning shot.
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.
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
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..
Rufus Lee King: Wow. The U.S. is going to be popular. More than we already are, even.
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...
NavyBlues: Boat's lucky it didn't do that w/ a real combatant. CIWS Block 1B doesn't play.
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