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. bill

    Let's get to the point. Let's roll another joint. You don't know how it feels, no you don't know how it feels, to be me.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tjp44

    you liberals are so stupid....you really printed those comments?
    sure glad your hero is going down soon....

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

      Oh no not Ryan Seacrest! No! No! No! Say it isn't sooooo....

      July 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Valkyrie

    As is often the case, the comments here are more interesting to me than the breaking news. I'm a psychologist.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mopery

    They were stupid enough to approach a U.S. warship in the Persian Guld, they were idiots to ignore the warning shots, they got what they deserved. Perhaps others in that bass ackwards region will learn a lesson from this incident.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WillyD

    The small boat was first warned, turned around & then RE-engaged the American ship . . .the act was provocative, intentional and everybody in the Gulf knows not to go speeding up to warships. The 2 who survived are lucky to be alive. This was totally justified by the US Navy. And, the next small boat, pleasure or otherwise, KNOWS what to expect next time.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ERH

    When you refuse to "get the message" after warning shots are fired across your bow, the US Navy, or any navy for that matter, will make very sure the message is received and understood loud and clear in seconds after the first message is sent. All games stop when the first warning shots are fired.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. EN(SW)2

    I was deployed on the U.S.S. Ashland when the Cole was attacked and the security we have in place to protect the ships is great. I know they gave them all the warning in the world to back off.

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

    im sure they heard the warning shots first before they got business?

    July 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Chrissy – did your brain over-bake in a tanning bed?

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

      Not me at 12:38 pm.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bruno

    We should all respect life but when someone tries to take yours and ALL indication and evidence supports that then,
    I believe one has right to defend your right to life.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ken in NC

    If you are wondering why the US Navy fired on a pleasure boat after it failed to yield to the orders of the Navy to steer clear of them, then you do not remember the USS Cole. Besides, the intent to harm increases when you order a boat to stop and move away from you and it continues on it's course towards you. The US Navy too the right approach and action. I suspect the boat did stop after it was directly fired on after warning shots failed to stop them.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gray

    Yeah it seems like escalation of force was adhered to and was appropiate. If I see a US Ship in the Persian Gulf in this day and age and it shoots 50.CAL warning shots at me ummmm I don't know about you but the expected response of anyone with common sense would be to maybe turnaround or stop just sayin!

    July 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom Leedy Sr

    Probably packed with explosives. Another martyr bites the dust.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah

    I think it is Awesome that our Navy is proctecting itself! We can't stand by anymore and let anyone try to do harm again.
    Sure it was a pleasure boat. Bad people live on pleasure boats too, they didn't listen to the warning shots, they had their chance to respond. God Bless our Men & Women!

    July 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sylvie Boujon (@sibou56)

    The first quesiton is : why "on eart"h are you in the Persian Golfe? These are not your waters.

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