23 March 2006


Or whatever Forrest Gump said. I believe this story ran in The New York Timnes under the heading of “Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight” or somesuch. I’d heard about this last week and it slipped my mind, but I just saw it again on the SCUTTLEBUTTweb site.

Anyway … two US Navy patrol boats — get this — the USS Cape St. George (CG 71; a guided missile cruiser) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66 – a guided missile destroyer; I believe a cruiser is bigger than a destroyer) returned fire on a group of suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, killing one and wounding five, approximately 25 nautical miles off the central eastern coast of Somalia in international waters on March 18.

Here comes the fun part:

The suspected pirates opened fire on the Navy ships first.

Cape St. George and Gonzalez returned fire with small arms in self-defense. One suspected pirate was killed and a fire ignited aboard the main suspect vessel. Boarding teams from Cape St. George and Gonzalez took 12 other suspects into custody, including the five injured. The Navy boarding teams also confiscated an RPG launcher and automatic weapons. No U.S. Sailors were injured in the engagement.

Ya gotta love those crazy pirates!

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