Tuesday, November 08, 2005

AHHH.... Now we are getting a little bit more of the story. Seems the ship had some "weapons" of its own. Non Lethal ones. Sound Waves VS RPG's. At prima facia I don't like the "sound" of that. But it seems to have had solid effect against these terrorist of the seas , and YES it is TERRORISM. Depsite what the PC Press calls them. The flip side is where is the international outrage about this ongoing probem? At what point will the world wake up and in a collective voice do a Dee Snyder/Twisted Sister and shout "WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT"? Perhpas the French could use this device as well???

Ship Blasted Pirates With Sonic Weapon
By JOHN PAINAP Business Writer
The crew of a luxury cruise ship used a sonic weapon that blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam while being attacked by a gang of pirates off Africa this weekend, the cruise line said Monday.
The Seabourn Spirit had a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, installed as a part of its defense systems, said Bruce Good, a spokesman for Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line. The Spirit was about 100 miles off Somalia when pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns as they tried to get onboard.
The subsidiary of Carnival Corp. was investigating whether the weapon was successful in warding off the pirates, he said. The ship's captain also changed its course, shifted into high speed and headed out into the open sea to elude the pirates, who were in two small boats, he said. He had no further details.
Device maker American Technology Corp. said earsplitting "bangs" were directed by trained security personnel toward the pirates. That, combined with ship maneuvers, caused the attackers to leave the area, the company said.
Neither the LRAD's operators or others in the immediate area are affected.
American Technology, based in San Diego, compares its shrill tone to that of smoke detectors, only much louder. It can be as loud as about 150 decibels, while smoke alarms are about 80 to 90 decibels.
The devices have been deployed on commercial and naval vessels worldwide since summer 2003, the company said. Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved


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