Originally Posted by knothead
I kinda like the idea that the US navy uses the psychological intimidation thing in it's encounters. But really, in our own waters, would it be so damaging to their image to respond to one of their fellow citizens?
Even a short, cryptic message acknowledging the sailboats existence would be better than a complete snub.
And as far as who they work for; aren't we still "we the people"?
There is no snub. There is no psychological intimidation. There is no VHF radio operator per se. You are applying descriptions of the situation that do not exist.
There is a crew maneuvering a highly constrained vessel with no thrusters, no close quarters armament, and nearby vessels treating them like a Disney spectacle.
Give them room and get over yourself. We are the people. They are the people who work their a$$ off so that you have the freedom to complain about how they do business.
Sorry to be curt but geez, they are a 7000 ton warship. You (we) are a Clorox bottle.