July 16th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

U.S. military ship fires on small boat in Persian Gulf; 1 killed

A U.S. military supply ship fired at a small boat in the Persian Gulf on Monday after it came too close to the ship, apparently killing one person on board, two U.S. officials said.

The incident happened near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

The crew of the USNS Rappahannock verbally warned the small boat and fired at least one warning shot before the boat, described as a small white pleasure craft, was targeted with .50-caliber machine gun fire, the Navy said.

 

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  1. chrissy

    Why on earth would our military be firing at anyone in the persian gulf, much less a pleasure boat?

    July 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      "...AFTER IT CAME TOO CLOSE TO THE SHIP."

      July 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • joeu

      Are you SERIOUSLY asking that question?

      July 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      Are you crazy? Or just being sarcastic? Our Navy will fire on any vessel that comes too close to it. Terrorist suicide bombers will use small speedboats to try and quickly encroach and physically run in to our ships and blow them up. Therefore, any vessel that comes to close, gets shot.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DefyTheGods

      They may have done it in light of the USS Cole attack.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Are you old enough to remember the USS Cole. It was a similar vessel that pulled along side the Cole, then blew up, killing many Navy personnel, and causing major damage to the ship.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • darrellswadejr

      Are you stupid?

      July 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      better safe than sorry. stay away from our ships and live another day.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOJO IAM

      USS COLE...

      July 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I hope you're being facitious! Otherwise, you're a complete moron and no nothing about the state of affairs in the Gulf. Duh! Any craft that doesn't respond to warning shots will be shot, including "pleasure" craft.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • alligator face

      they FIRED on the vessel because it was too close in proximity and that outta send the message quite clearly......what is most astounding is that there is a person dumb enough to question why......are you really that stupid?.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      Because the pleasure craft could be full of explosives and ram the ship. Did you forget about USS Cole already? If you ask what about USS Cole, go away and educate yourself. Are you guaranteeing this situation will not happen if the crew did not fire on the boat? Are you ready to compensate the dead crews family and the U.S. Government if you are wrong?

      Using standard proceedures the ship would have warned the boat to turn away using radio, loadspeeker, flares and finally warning shots. I fired warning shots in the Gulf and you know what happens if the boat is innocent, they either stop or turn away quickly. To ignore warning shots is signing your own death warrant any naval vessel has the right to open fire directly if you ignore warning shots.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas

      because we don't need another incident like what happened to the USS Cole! My husband is out there on a ship!

      July 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Small boats can make big holes in big boats. Especially in cargo ships with relatively thin hulls. No skipper is going to be fired for following the rules of engagement. But let a "pleasure" craft put a hole in your ship's hull and you're gone.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • NeilSalemMA

      Read about the U.S.S. Cole.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • money-monger

      chrissy, if you decided to read this far. because there are many reasons that lead up to this incident. they didn't shoot because of the USS Cole but out of self protection. any ship on the sea, should be prepared to identify themselves from a distance. when they don't and people get to close to each other, pirates of the Caribbean happen. PIracy Happens and merchant ships as the name and rumors possibly implies, may just have some valuable cargo.

      July 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Can anyone remember the "Turner-Joy"??

    July 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. inewt

    Bully

    July 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. devosays

    i knew the first comment would be anti-US... gotta love the pan-leninist CNN crowd...

    July 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I don't see asking a fair question to be anti-US. Maybe you should go back to Fox News where fair questions are not asked and the opinions are pre-digested for you.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wastrel

    A tough decision to make, but the right one. The USS Cole bombing taught us that.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JOJO IAM

    MOre news to follow !!!!

    July 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Da Man

    Good... don't need another USS Cole.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    There is a certain number of yards that another boat has to stay away from our military ships. It's also known that if our military ask for ID of the other ship and they do not respond, we WILL fire.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    If you come across a US warship and it fires a few 50 cal rounds anywhere near you, it's time to get out of dodge, whether you understand what they're saying on the radio or not. If you can't understand the international language of gunfire, you deserve whatever happens to you.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jacketface

    1st

    July 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thomas

    Terrorist speed boat attacks and other things that never happen! Today in the news!

    July 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Louis

    TOO BAD THEY DIDN'T KILL THEM ALL... THAT'S ALL THOSE NUTCASES RESPOND TO.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. halfpint

    Good for them. My brother was on a naval ship and had pirates trying to get on their boats and suicide bombers trying to get close to blow it up. We must protect our men and ships. Believe me, they give the boats fair warning before opening fire. If they didn't listen to the warnings its because they were trying to start trouble.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. OnlyMe

    Boring. I thought I had clicked on a Kim Kardashian story.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stan

    Good. Serves them right. Too bad the Rappahannock doesn't have a Phalanx. There would have been nothing left.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Chaz Bono just got her Phalanx

      July 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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