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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    In my opinion, anyone approaching a Military ship in unstable waters is either ignorant, stupid, or up to no good. The big boat has guns for a reason...respect that, or expect the worst.

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said a security team aboard the USNS Rappahannock issued a series of warnings before resorting to lethal force about 10 miles (15 kilometers) off the coast of Dubai's Jebel Ali port.

    "The U.S. crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel's operators to turn away from their deliberate approach. When those efforts failed to deter the approaching vessel, the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-caliber machine gun," he said.

    Raelson said the incident, which happened at 2:50 p.m. local time, is under investigation.

    The Rappahannock is an oiler used to fuel other Navy ships while they are at sea.
    The United Arab Emirates, which includes the commercial hub of Dubai and the oil-rich capital Abu Dhabi, is a key American ally in the Gulf. American warships frequently visit Jebel Ali port, a popular rest stop among U.S. sailors.

    US Navy ship fires on boat off Dubai, killing 1 - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com


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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead



    Dunno.....Does that look like a Fishing vessel to you?

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by EagleAye View Post
    Apparently, this isn't the first time the "Indian Fisherman maneuver" has been tried (bold is mine):


    2012 Italian shooting in the Arabian Sea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Methinks I see a pattern here.
    Well... considering there are a billion Indians out there, and most are working off the land or sea... then there is a 1 in 7 chance that any person killed or injured in an attack on a fishing boat is an Indian.... this actually goes up the closer you are to India funny enough.
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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    The Navy has launched a joint investigation with the UAE into the incident as details continue to emerge. A defense official described the offending vessel was a white pleasure craft, but two UAE officials told ABC News it was a fishing boat with four Indians and two Emiratis on board. The UAE's official news agency identified an Indian fisherman as the man who was killed.

    Raelson said the small motor vessel that was hit by gunfire from the Rappahannock was "approaching at a high rate of speed" and "on a deliberate approach."

    Another Navy official said it was "on a course that would have caused it to impact the Rappahanock... It wasn't just close, it was on a course that would have ultimately taken it to impact."

    U.S. Navy Fires on Ship in Persian Gulf, One Dead - Yahoo! News

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post


    Dunno.....Does that look like a Fishing vessel to you?
    Sport fishing for a rich man, maybe. That muther is built for speed. No way a "poor fisherman" could afford something like that.

    "Real" fishing boats in the region look like this:

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by EagleAye View Post
    Sport fishing for a rich man, maybe. That muther is built for speed. No way a "poor fisherman" could afford something like that.

    "Real" fishing boats in the region look like this:

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    Myself I wouldn't have let it got that close.....and I would have made sure there was no return to port!!!!!

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    The Navy has rules of engagement for these kinds of situations - I know we did when we were in the Gulf of Tonkin. Assuming they followed the rules of engagement - and if they didn't, we'll know - the captain and crew should be OK. I'm guessing there are also videotapes and probably radar records that would give a clear picture of what happened.

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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Myself I wouldn't have let it got that close.....and I would have made sure there was no return to port!!!!!
    Yeah, I'm actually surprised it got as close as 100 yards. Apparently, the crew spent too much time warning them away. The crew of the boat is lucky they weren't sunk outright.
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    Re: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post


    Dunno.....Does that look like a Fishing vessel to you?
    It looks like the SS Minnow.

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