One Indian dead, 3 hurt after US navy fires on fishing boat

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  1. ejazr

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    With an increasing military build up in the Persian gulf, expect more of such "incidents"


    One Indian dead, 3 hurt after US navy fires on fishing boat - The Times of India

    DUBAI: An Indian fisherman was killed and three others were wounded on Monday when a US navy ship fired at their small boat off Dubai in the tense waters of the southern Gulf, officials said.

    US defence officials said the motorboat had ignored warnings not to approach the refuelling ship USNS Rappahannock, and that sailors on board the American vessel feared it could pose a threat.

    "Since 2000, we've been very concerned about small boats," a defence official in Washington said, referring to the year of a deadly suicide bomb attack against the destroyer USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden.

    A United Arab Emirates official said one fisherman was killed and three other Indians were wounded.

    "The services concerned are now investigating this incident," foreign ministry official Tareq Amed al-Hidan said, quoted by state news agency WAM.

    A statement from the US Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain and on alert for possible Iranian action in Gulf waters, said the crew had opened fire as a last resort.

    "An embarked security team aboard a US navy vessel fired upon a small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the US ship near Jebel Ali," it said, referring to an Emirati port city.

    "The USNS Rappahannock used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force," it said.

    "The US crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel's operators to turn away from their deliberate approach," it added.

    "When those efforts failed to deter the approaching vessel, the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-calibre machine gun."

    The US navy has been building up its forces in the oil-rich region amid mounting tensions with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme.

    Tehran has warned it could close the Strait of Hormuz in the southern Gulf if international sanctions begin to bite, potentially disrupting shipping and world oil supplies through the strategic waterway.

    Washington has deployed two aircraft carriers to the region -- the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Enterprise -- and doubled its minesweeper fleet in the area from four to eight ships on June 23.

    And on Monday, the Pentagon confirmed that it had brought forward the deployment off a third strike group, led by the carrier USS John-Stennis, by four months in order to further bolster its presence.

    The deployment aims to warn off Iran over its threats to mine the narrow strait through which about a fifth of the world's traded oil passes.

    In October 2000, 17 US sailors were killed when militants in an explosives-laden skiff blew a 30-by-30-foot (10-by-10-metre) hole in the USS Cole in Aden. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack.
     
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  3. asianobserve

    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    That is a very tense area. Just give it enough spark and the whole place will light up!
     
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    India fishmen killed in fire from America Navy ship

    An Indian fisherman was killed and three others were wounded on Monday when a security team onboard a US Navy ship fired on their boat off Dubai, a United Arab Emirates official said.

    "The services concerned are now investigating this incident," UAE's official news agency WAM quoted Foreign Ministry official Tareq Amed al-Hidan as saying.

    ABC News quoting an unnamed UAE official said the fishing boat had four Indians and two Emirate nationals on board.

    In Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, Karaiyur Fishermen Association President Malairajan said the dead fisherman has been identified as Sekar of Periyapattinam in Ramanathapuram district.

    The injured are Muniraj, Panpuvan and Murugan who also hail from Ramanathapuram, he said adding Munira had been admitted to hospital with bullet injuries.

    Malairajan said fishermen from Ramanathapuram district were working for Dubai fishing companies on daily wage basis.

    Lt Gred Raelson, a spokesperson for US Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said a security team aborad the USNS Rappahannock fired from a .50-calibre machinegun on the boat after it disregarded warnings and raced towards the ship.

    Dozens of police and other Emirati officials crowded around the white-hulled motorised boat.

    The boat appeared to be a civilian vessel about 30 feet (9 meters) long and powered by three outboard motors. Similar boats are used for fishing in the region.

    Rescue workers were seen carrying one person in a body bag off the boat and placing it in an ambulance as fishermen looked on.
    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/re ... n-navy-ship_1715940
     
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    We fear for tiny srilanka itself so dont expect anything here with usa and its waste of bandwidth to create thread
     
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    looks like UAE fishing boat, mus be migrant fishing personals working in UAE. Well US Navy has done lip service that they were warned before hand, quite strange with their radar they could not find it in due time and was to take exterme steps which can be avoided. How the hell they could not see them before hand. Must be people sleeping on job.
     
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    official response from MEA

    MEA - Ministry of External Affairs
    In response to a question on the incident involving a US Naval Vessel the Official Spokesperson said:

    “The U.S. Government has officially confirmed that a U.S. Navy vessel fired shots at a fishing vessel near the port of Jebel Ali, Dubai at about 3.00 PM UAE local time on 16 July 2012. According to UAE officials, one Indian fisherman was killed in the firing incident and three other Indians were injured. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life of the Indian fisherman and the injuries sustained by the others. Our thoughts are with their families.

    Our Embassy in Washington D.C. has been in touch with the United States Government since midnight IST yesterday. Our Embassy in Abu Dhabi is working with local authorities to carry out full investigation into the circumstances leading to this unfortunate and tragic incident. The Acting Consul General is in Jebel Ali to provide all necessary assistance.

    The U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell telephoned Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai this morning to convey her regret for the loss of life and assured that the U.S. Government would conduct full investigation.

    We will stay in regular touch with U.S and UAE authorities to ascertain full facts and take appropriate further action in the matter”.

    New Delhi
    July 17, 2012
     
  9. W.G.Ewald

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    Private vessels are subject to being fired on in the US.

    Read more: Port Security - Continuing concerns, USCG Responds to 9/11 Port Security - Continuing concerns, USCG Responds to 9/11
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    When is GoI going to arrest these criminals?
     
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    I am pretty sure the US does not want to sour its relations with India. Moreover, let us not forget that US Navy ships have been attacked by Al-Qaida before.

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    USS Cole after the attack

    The Middle East is a dangerous area, and this may have been a knee-jerk reaction by the US Navy, I am willing to believe they are bonafide in their claims.

    Read more: USS Cole bombing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  13. sayareakd

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    Wont be bad idea to spray some bullets on US luxury cruise, then say we thought it was going to attack, we did send warning shots, those standard lines..

    then will show them, how it feels to be on the receiving end.
     
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    Indian fishermen say US boat fired without warning

    video too at the site which shows interview of fishermen from India.
    Indian fishermen say US boat fired without warning - The Times of India
     
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    Case of mistaken identity . American send warning shots but fisherman ignored. keeping in mind the sensitivity of area they had to take extreme steps.
     
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    Very sad i still cant see what provoked them and i am sure USN would have recorded the video under some standard procedure or for fun like they did when they piss on dead body and killed 1000 in Iraq Afghan and tortured 1000's in Guantanamo Bay. I dont believe the USN version until it's investigated by independent jury.

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    ^^ Please don't post images from jehadist propaganda websites.

    However, you are right, an independent inquiry should take place. Unfortunate incident.
     
  18. trackwhack

    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    Were you there? What the hell makes you think that the USN story is to be believed? Nothing but allegiance right? Or is is sacrosanct?

    Is it your kin that is dead? You want to go and explain to the family of the dead and injured fishermen?

    If this forum was less moderated I'd have another mouthful for the worms who defend the USN in this case.
     
  19. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Maybe you need to put me back on your Ignore List.:cool2:

    The USN ship captain considered the risk (cf. USS Cole) and made a decision to defend his ship. The cost of not doing that could have mean loss of his ship or sailors' lives. The outcome will be a short term outrage against the USA. Not a big deal, considering most of the world is in a permanent state of outrage against us.
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    So you decided to show off your racist side, you miserable old american fart?

    and lest I forget the smiley ... here :cool2:
     
  21. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    @WG Ewald,

    You Americans have no value for life? Then what the hell are you fighting for in the world? Only American lives? Then how can you guys be the world leaders unless you care for universal human values ??

    Indian may be lille fellows but they care for human values more than you guys...
     
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