US Navy Fires on Ship in Persian Gulf, One Dead

0 Posted by - July 16, 2012 - Conspiracies & Scandals, Foreign Affairs, Military

SHIP CG 71 USS Cape St George Persian Gulf 2006 lg 300x215 US Navy Fires on Ship in Persian Gulf, One DeadAn American Navy ship fired on a boat in the Persian Gulf today, killing one person and injuring three others aboard the craft, a U.S. naval official told ABC News.

A spokesperson for the Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in nearby Bahrain, said that a security team aboard the oil supply ship U.S.N.S. Rappahannock fired a .50 caliber machine gun at a “small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship” off the coast of Jebel Ali, a city approximately 30 miles from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The Navy is investigating the incident as details continue to emerge. A Navy official said the offending vessel was a white pleasure craft, but a UAE official told ABC News it was a fishing boat with four Indians and two Emirates on board. There doesn’t appear to be any indication the incident was terror-related, the UAE official said.

CONTINUED at ABC News.

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