So much derp in this thread. The bottom line is after the Cole, no professional navy will tolerate mysterious vessels approaching them without cause. Verbal warnings in the host country language and English, and warning shots already exposes the ship and crew to a possible threat. What more can a captain do? he must protect his vessel and crew.
If the passengers indeed had no ill intent, then it is tragic but I have no idea what could explain their actions if they were benevolent.
lol. i am not sad about this news, infact i dnt care as long as a Persian is not hurt, who cares. ...
Who cares? Everybody with a shred of decency in them including the ones who pulled the trigger. They didn't do it for sport, they did it because the circumstances required it but I guarantee they didn't feel good about it like you do.
And those 'procedures' would be? .... Don't. With all the hi-tech wizardry, we still can't tell the difference.
It might not be too wise if all navies adopted such 'procedures'.
Maybe a remake of that infamous funny about the US cruser and the Irish lighthouse is in order.
This time the Irish get shelled into the stone age. Much less funny perhaps, but much more gratifying.
Maybe stick to your lane thunderbay teacher? there is a ROE in place for engaging perceived hostile craft. I know you love to go all anti American at every opportunity like you did the other forums you were bounced from. If this shoot is justified we will see it, if the shoot wasn't there will be reprecussions to the shooter and chain of command.
You guys would be awfully surprised at the ROE's they gave us, the U.S. is way too scared to start an international incident by shooting on a civilian craft. They obviously felt threatened to the point to fire on it.
Act your age sonny, not your shoe-size, sarcasm is obviously lost on you, with regards the "people" doing the flaming and trolling, they know full well what they are up too, I am not a mod or have any power here, but, I do get fed up with the petty hissy fits some take with regards their anti-U.S. stance.
Up to this point, no investigation has taken place into exactly what happened, or a detailed report released, but our resident "experts" are already posting their accounts of what happened.
U.S. Military Naval vessels have been attacked before, taking casualties, no ships captain particularly the captain of a military re-fuler loaded with tons of very combustible material is going to allow an unknown boat come into close to his ship.
If it was a mishap its tragic, but, these ships are painted a military grey, a standard colour for a military vessel, I for one would not blame the ships crew for carrying out their actions in the manner so far indicated.