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Old 26 May 2011, 07:55   #11
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Eight mentions of this ship's power source in six paragraphs seems a little obsessive. Have the RN got reactor envy perhaps?
Glowing green with envy??
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Old 26 May 2011, 10:44   #12
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Would they shoot you if you get too close?
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Old 26 May 2011, 10:48   #13
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Would they shoot you if you get too close?
I did a white shark cage diving trip at Isla Guadalupe off the Mexican Coast a few years back; on return to San Diego, we were overtaken by a USN Destroyer Escort. While the Navy assets get a 1/4 mile exclusion zone, they apparently can ignore it at will, as they overtook us and passed within about 100 yds of the boat we were on (a 96 foot offshore fishing boat.) Don't remember the hull number or name of the ship, but I do remember that they had a pair of sailors on each corner of the boat, one with binoculars, and the other on what appeared to be an M2 .50 cal machine gun. Several sailboats got a little closer than they should have, and would generally get two of the machine guns trained on them until they had opened the distance a bit. I have no doubts that the guns were ready to go.

To answer the question, the bottom line is "Yes". After the USS Cole incident, and the realization that ships are vulnerable to attack from small surface craft, I wouldn't test their resolve.

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Reminds me of the visit of the USS Nimitz to Spithead in the 70s. I was working as a crew on the Portsmouth Harbour trip boats and we ran trips off Southsea beach to see her; twice round the ship at about 30 metres distance and then back for another load; about 30 people in a 15 metre harbour trip boat. On the last trip we were crossing the ship's bow at slow speed when we were somewhat surprised to see both anchors come out of the water. We hit the throttles, they waited for us, and we got across safely. 100,000 tons of carrier then just took off completely silently and accelerated past us, I suppose they wanted to demonstrate to the spectator fleet just how fast those things can go. Breathed a sigh of relief but then nearly lost it in the prop. wash; like white water rafting. Passengers thought it was wonderful, but the driver and I were a little thoughtful for a while! The modern 250 metre exclusion zone seems a little tame by comparison!!

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250 metres ????

oh well...Teddy R in the solent in 2009....police were fine
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aiming friendly fire at me. missing of course and popping my tubes

is a scary thought having to put a patch on mi rib
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oh well...Teddy R in the solent in 2009....police were fine
They got noticeably twitchy when me and Biggles headed straight towards a yank destroyer in April 2007 though.They started heading towards us quite fast at half a mile. We were only trying to make it an easier ride back in a big sea by doglegging.
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Have had the pleasure of seeing several USS "whatevers" in the Solent over the past few years. Best/Worst memory was using a friends RIB in a "squally" rain cloud. Found myself heading for the shelter of a US carrier in a RIB called "Miss Isle" - lived to tell the tale!!!!!
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oh well...Teddy R in the solent in 2009....police were fine
They really are huge the Yank carriers. I've been on Illustrious and a couple of Destroyers & Frigates, and they are tiny in comparison!
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