Originally Posted by Burtox
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.