USNS Rappahannock Fires after Vessel ignores warnings


Story Number: NNS120716-09Release Date: 7/16/2012 12:27:00 PM
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By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- An embarked security team aboard a U.S. Navy vessel fired upon a small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates today.

In accordance with Navy force protection procedures, the sailors on the USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force.

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.

The incident is under investigation.

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STORY COMMENTS6 COMMENTS
8/1/2012 3:56:00 PM
Great Job Navy! Following proper procedure should be awareded-not lead to an investigation. Shame on those that doubt our Navy when they are put in a tough position.

7/16/2012 9:12:00 PM
I think when the news starts in on this someone should mention the tragic incident with USS Cole in 2000. Which is why firing on this seamingly harmless boat is necessary. Some people don't realize how big of a threat something that small could be to a big ship. Us navy sailors are reminded of it everyday and are trained accordingly. BZ to whoever made the call to protect everyone on board.

7/16/2012 6:27:00 PM
Way to go U.S. Navy!

7/16/2012 6:22:00 PM
Sounds like they did what they were trained to do, Like to know what the survivors have to say.

7/16/2012 5:38:00 PM
Fitting and proper action/reaction !

7/16/2012 2:23:00 PM
Way to go boys and girls, keep up the great work. We are so proud of you for what you do each and every day.

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An embarked security team aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) fired upon a small motor vessel.
120716-N-ZZ999-001 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (July 16, 2012) An embarked security team aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) fired upon a small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. In accordance with Navy force protection procedures, the sailors aboard Rappahannock used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force. 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 Rappahannock fired rounds from a 50-caliber machine gun. The incident is under investigation. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) http://www.centcom.mil/press-releases/usns-rappahannock-fires-after-vessel-ignores-warnings
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