* In the Dockwalk email – the subject was: Is yachting prepared for the consequences of lethal force?
* Over in the blog article it was: “Stand your ground” on shaking ground?
(The link is above…)
* I posted a comment at the bottom of the article:
Stand your ground kind of losing power with the Zimmerman case in Florida. I was going to mention the USNS incident but someone already did. Like Stand Your Ground on land it looks like they are going to make it difficult to Stand Your Spot in the oceans as well. It looks like in both cases the Indian Fisherman are not too smart with their methods and actions. So real threat boats will “dress up” even more to look like innocent Indian Fishing Boats … and any marine vessel will be afraid to fire upon them. (“Don’t fire until fired upon” … Top Gun, the movie.)
Welcome to the “Danger Zone” …
Getting close with a little boat will no longer be a reason or an excuse. Forget about the basic navigation practices of signaling your intention so that vessels can agree on what type of meeting and passage they will make to avoid collisions. There ought to be maritime law that puts some kind of responsibility on these fishing boats to signal their intent … or they should be charged and/or fined for improper navigation practices?
I may be a little rusty. Old Navy sailor with a few ocean crossings to the Med. We had run across a sailing vessel in very bad weather seeming to be in distress – which told us to piss off – they were ok. And a Libyan Sub that followed us at periscope depth. But nothing like this current terrorist and pirate stuff that you have to worry about back then in 80′s.
Posted by: Alan Spicer( Visit ) at 21/07/2012 22:23
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