November 8, 2005


Cruise ship 'used sonic weapon' (AP, 11/07/05)

The crew of a cruise ship attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia used a sonic weapon to help ward off the attackers, the Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line said Monday.

The device blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam.

The Seabourn Spirit escaped Saturday's attack also by shifting to high speed and changing course, the cruise line said.

The sonic device, known as a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, is a so-called "non-lethal weapon" developed for the military after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships.

...and people think the WoT is losable?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2005 12:49 AM

Apparantly the captain tried to ram one of the pirate boats but it was too small and got away. So Carnival Cruise Lines is probably more aggressive than the French Navy.

Posted by: JAB at November 8, 2005 1:35 AM

"and people think the WoT is losable?"

Just give the Democrats a chance. They long for preemptive surrender.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 8, 2005 1:49 AM

I'm guessing that the cruise ship made a conscious decision to go with the sonic boom weapon, instead of rifles with scopes to kill these "pirates". Now they are alive to pirate another day. Conscience never won a war, you have to kill.

Posted by: AllenS at November 8, 2005 5:58 AM


The Captain's first duty is the safety of his passengers, regardless of whether he or any of the crew would have preferred a more permanent means of dissuasion.

Posted by: mike at November 8, 2005 7:37 AM

There are two ways to assure your safety: One, is to run away, and Two, is to confront your attacker and kill the son of a bitch.

Posted by: AllenS at November 8, 2005 7:51 AM

If we think the LRAD ia a neat piece of gear just imagine what kind of non-non-lethal stuff is out there.

Personally, I worry about the unproven side effects of high-tech non-lethals, preferring the proven side effects of the Ma-Deuce.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 8, 2005 7:55 AM

Ma Deuce, twin Oerlikons, grenade launchers, and the suction created by 80,000 tons of fast moving ship. Not someting someone in a small craft would want to deal with.

Posted by: Mikey at November 8, 2005 8:27 AM

As seen in this photo, the navy uses a dual mounted 50 caliber. I think this would be more entertaining for the passengers than schuffleboard.

Posted by: h-man at November 8, 2005 8:30 AM

In war, warriors have a running list, called Lessons Learned. We did, and I would imagine the other side does as well. The next time these pirates attack a ship (and they will try again) they will have ear protection, which could be low-tech like filters off of cigarettes (we used them, before firing your weapon in a tunnel). Non-lethal means allowing them to fight another day. We need to kill them fast and often.

Posted by: AllenS at November 8, 2005 8:37 AM

Anyone explain how the pirates thought they could physically board the ship?


Skeet shooting. Even I could probably hit one with those suckers.

Posted by: Rick T. at November 8, 2005 9:05 AM

If they used lethal weapons in this real world, guaranteed someone on the ship would report them, the leftwing media would pick it up and the captain would be in international court within the year.

Concerning the side effects of LRAD, I hope the pirates are still bleeding from their earholes.

If it were my world, I'd require all vessels be armed and capable of resisting deadly attack with weaponary appropriate to the size of the vessel.

Posted by: Genecis at November 8, 2005 9:07 AM

I recently returned from a Carnival cruise, and playing with that weapon would have been the highlight of the trip.

Posted by: Patrick H at November 8, 2005 11:58 AM

Can anyone explain to me what a cruise ship is doing off the coast of Somalia?

Posted by: Timothy at November 8, 2005 1:12 PM

Twin .50s hunh? Even I would be tempted to go on a cruise if could get a chance to play with those.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 8, 2005 1:50 PM