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Re: US Navy murder to stop! All US Navy ships must NOW USE AIS!!
I spent 10 years on submarines, so I don't know if I am qualified to respond, but here goes. AIS wasn't around in the late 80's and early 90's. Don't remember us running into cargo ships then and am surprised by the recent increase in collisions. I hate to sound like a nut, but has anyone thought the collisions were intentional? I can only imagine, because I spent much time under the surface, that our ships today have lookouts, kinda like the sort I keep on my sailboat. When you see a ship coming what do you do????? I make drastic course changes to make sure the vessel I am encountering, understands my intentions. I don't have a four to six look outs, a radar watch, and a sonar watch. How the hell do you manage to hit or be hit by someone in the middle of the ocean. Our naval ships have guns on them. Solution: Make it known that anyone who closes a US Naval Ship to within 1 nautical mile will be considered a threat and will be blown up. Would hazard to guess that even the most inept captain on a merchant marine vessel would tell his crew, "Stay the hell away from the US Naval Ships."
Just an old submariner with a practical solution. Carry on.
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