Monday, July 16, 2012

USNS Rappahannock Fires after Vessel ignores warnings

USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) US Navy Photo

By US Naval Forces Central Command.

FIFTH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (July 16, 2012) — 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.