U.S. Navy fires on vessel in Persian Gulf
AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE
A security team aboard the USNS Rappahannock today fired on a small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the ship near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.
In accordance with Navy force protection procedures, the sailors aboard the Rappahannock, a refueling ship, used a series of nonlethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force, the Navy said.
The Rappahannock’s crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel’s operators to turn away from their deliberate approach, according to the Pentagon. When those efforts failed to deter the approaching vessel, the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-caliber machine gun, the Navy said.
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