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. saywhat

    We have surrendered our civil liberties and freedom as Americans welcomed everywhere compromised our national interests fighting senseless wars and creating enemies in proxy for an 'ally'.
    About time we wake up.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      weren't our allies bought a long time ago? I view this as a move towards one world Government, which will encompass an end to organized religion that will be replace by that said Government.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Of course, these ME wars are just the cleansing of rebels in preparation for the future. Ya know? 😉

      July 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. james ainoris

    Pleasure craft...? sad if innocents were killed...Navy tried to warn them... do you know why pirates dont come near chinese or russian ships anymore?.. they r not kind enough to warn they just open fire. We have to be on point...protect our people...I would have done the same thing if I was the commanding officer. Check out film clips of what the Soviets did to innocents in Afganistan in 1981... they air struck villages full of women and children...up to 2million casualties..you are follish to ever say america is doing anything close to this... we try to avoid civilians . Our Navy alone could destroy the entire mideast in short time...remember NATO is also under our control... so if we were truly "evil imperialists" we could go for it! America and Israel are blessed by G-d. The best way to stop dictators is to eliminate them early...support CIA and Moosad....james ainoris

    July 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nini jones

    USS Cole. remember? tough crap. we dont take prisoners any longer.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. T Polack

    USS Cole was the first thing I thought of when I saw this we lost 17 inncoent sailors that day it was a very sad day I'm happy they protected themselves

    July 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |

    Do not ask the why of USS Cole, it might tax your ..............

    July 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    Its about time we started to respond to these small boat sapper probing activities that the Iranians are probably behind.
    As the Jews say "Never Again"!

    July 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    C'mon now.We have these awesome war ships with awesome fire power and we got to do sometin' with them. We will go where we please and do as we please.Stop us if you can all you puny non-Americans.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    I get a kick out of some of the previous commenters telling the "liberal" President that it's about time the US stood its ground and took action to protect our ships etc...Now under whose ultimate command do the current rules of engagement apply? None other than your current "liberal" Commander in Chief!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    No we havn't forgotten USS Cole and are prosecuting three wars (Yemen,Iraq,Afghanistan) just so no one forgets either. Though to what avail years on?
    However we have forgotten USS Liberty.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @Portland tony.
    Right on mark.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ saywhat, over bake in a tanning booth? Really? I was bein a smartass and you shouldve known that lol. Gotta do something to justify that big fat military budget. I just cant picture a pleasure boat there, pirate boat yea, but wth knows.

    July 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      not me then. Friends would know.

      July 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    I seldom resort to that sort of thing @chrissy.
    In Jaba lAli. pleasure boats wouldn't be out of place. UAE is full of water sport lovers from all over the world.

    July 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwayne

      Downsize the navy and bring our troops home now! These are just more innocent casualties at the hands of the American war machine that shouldn't be interfering in middle east affairs anyway. President, stand up to the warmongering!

      July 17, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lol @ saywhat, its not a place i wanta go and sorry i just saw your post from earlier disclaiming that post. Been having to defend myself all day! Women are sposed to be seen but not heard im hearing. Lmao. Like thats gonna ever happen.

    July 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |

    Not pleasure craft and longways from Iran. 18 foot fishing boat with Indian National fishrtmen aboard, unarmed

    Incident 16 km from shore and small craft parallell at 8 km distance.

    Something amiss in this incident as 8km is a damn long ways to fire a 50 cal., a very long ways no mayter how good a gunnery cree is maning it, unless electronic sighted and still long ways

    If foreign news srrvices vorrect on range then lay odds a drone attack not shipbound was weapon most likely used.

    More collatetal ofp one dead three wounded severely and one less terrorist fishing boat to scare US navy and contract crewmen.

    Wonder which of two buys the first round at celebration of victory.

    July 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ammar

    It's not persian Gulf, it's Arabian Gulf

    July 17, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
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