Friday, December 16, 2005

Warning Shots

Just so you know, the bombing of the USS Cole has not been forgotten:
Skipper claims US warship fired

A SKIPPER claims that an American warship fired four warning shots across the bow of his boat after he strayed into its safety zone.

Greig Milligan, the skipper of the small cargo boat, was making a delivery to the Hebridean island of Canna when he encountered the USS Klakring. He then received the first of 10 verbal warnings telling him that the vessel’s space was being invaded and to move away or the ship would open fire.

Looks like they probably just put a three to five-round across his bow to show him they meant business. I haven't heard anything more about this, but we establish security zones in choke-point transits; I wouldn't recommend tempting fate.

A former Royal Navy officer, Mike Critchley, who now runs Warship World magazine, said: “These exercises are very well publicised. Short of knocking on this man’s door I doubt anything else could’ve been done to inform him.”

I applaud the British for not making excuses for this guy or raving at the US over this.

12 Comments:

Blogger Uranttilly bloody well said...

Ten warnings? If anything, we're being too liberal.

Reminds me of the famous cartoon seen everywhere onboard when I was active:

An 8 foot Sunfish sailboat is about to cross in front of a CVA underway. The guy tilling the Sunfish says to the girlie on board 'Don't worry, we have the right-of-way'.

My motto is "Don't f*** with the Big Ones."

And Bravo Zulu to the Royal Navy, whose mates treated me very well in the Queen's Pub, Hong Kong, many moon ago.

16 December, 2005 17:34  
Blogger Gyrobo bloody well said...

Why is it always the sea captains that need warning shots?

16 December, 2005 20:20  
Blogger Crazy Politico bloody well said...

I was on a bridge watch on the USS New Jersey in Beruit in 1983 (bad time there). We had the same problem with a small cargo ship, answering on the radio but not altering course. When we trained the three 16 inch guns of turret number 1 in their direction they made a very quick left turn and left "our space". No warning shots were needed :)

16 December, 2005 20:31  
Blogger Gayle bloody well said...

I'm really attempting to say something intelligent here but can't seem to do so. It's because I have no experience or understanding of seafaring ways. I do know this much though: If it's bigger than I am and is armed where I'm not, then I'm not going to mess with it, which is only common sense. (I guess that was sort of intelligent) :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

16 December, 2005 21:23  
Blogger Robosquirrel bloody well said...

Gayle, us mariners call that "The Law of Gross Tonnage." I had a different topic in mind, though it's a little stale, but I'm having trouble finding the article I read. Thank goodness UMass Dartmouth still gives me access to the library online!

CP: Funny how staring down the barrel of a very big gun alters peoples' perceptions...

Count: The sailboats are a plague upon San Diego harbor in particular; although, if I remember correctly, the view is spectacular!

17 December, 2005 10:51  
Blogger Uranttilly bloody well said...

Golly right you are about the view from a sailboat near a naval facility:

Nothing like seeing 100,000 tons (displacement) of grey steel bearing down on you with a bow wave 30 feet high.

Could change your whole day.

18 December, 2005 11:30  
Blogger TexasFred bloody well said...

Warning shots my ass...

Fire in the hole...

18 December, 2005 18:33  
Blogger Crazy Politico bloody well said...

Count, I always go by the theory right of way is something you are granted, not something you inherently have.

A student of mine a few years back got hit by a car while crossing an ice covered road. He was in the cross walk, but didn't give the car enough room to stop and not hit him. "But I had the right of way" didn't get the cast off his leg any sooner:)

I like the rule of gross tonnage when it comes to ships, he with the gross tonnage rules.

19 December, 2005 08:16  
Blogger His Majesty bloody well said...

Bargh! Ocean ships are obsolete. Space ships are the future of warefare.

The future begins today.

19 December, 2005 11:11  
Blogger Rebekah bloody well said...

You're right Count - that guy's lucky he got so many warnings. I wonder if the media senses that this would be laughed into oblivion - and that's why no hoopla has come of it.

19 December, 2005 15:44  
Blogger Uranttilly bloody well said...

Under Clinton, here's how the scenario would have taken place:

XO: Cap'n that boat seems too close.
Captain: Use the hailer and the VHF to warn him off while I contact the ACLU and the JAG for advice.
XO: Captain, that boat is within 100 Yards.
Captain: Line's busy to the ACLU. Fire that 40-mm over his bow, but be careful not to hit him. We might be sued by the World Court!
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That's what Clinton had in mind for the troops. Glad that's not come to pass.

19 December, 2005 16:07  
Blogger Robosquirrel bloody well said...

CB: Good point. Clinton's response to the USS Cole bombing and every other terrorist attack during his terms of office showed what he was really made of.

HM: At Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems, the future begins tomorrow! We're already working on starting intergalactic wars, or haven't you heard? Canada's already got everything under control!

19 December, 2005 18:27  

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