The Seabourne Spirit, a passenger cruise ship, steaming off the coast of Somalia 3 days ago was attacked by "pirates", who manned 2 25 foot speed
boats, with approx 5 men to each boat. They were armed with automatic rifles and at least 1 rocket propelled grenade. The "pirates" attacked at
5:30 am local time, and a few minutes after that the captain told everyone on the ship to head to the inner restaurant.
The pirates continued their attack, firing 3 RPGs, according to one account. The captain and his crew, all trained in evasive manoeuvres, went full
speed ahead and also tried to run over one of the boats.
But the pirates continued to attack.
It was then that they brought out the Long Range Acoustic Device, a just about metre across parabolic looking dish, able to cause permanent hearing
damage at a range of 300 metres.
It is a directed energy weapon, capable of emitting a 15 to 30° beam 84 centimetres in diameter.
As quoted from FOX News, the weapon was 'top secret', and initial claims stated that the crew made sounds that resembled gunfire to ward of the
attackers. Obviously, this is not true. They used a possibly lethal acoustic weapon, and fired it straight at the aggressors. It was manned by a
former Gurkha soldier, who knew exactly how to use it, and who was also the only person injured in the attack.
Now, why would there be a directed energy weapon aboard a civilian cruise ship that was going from Eygpt to Kenya, with a former Gurkha soldier
standing by the man it, a soldier with active units only in Asia? There were mainly American and Australian tourists on board the ship, so what
interest would a soldier from that background have being there? And why was the weapon labelled top secret? I'm not a conspiracy theory buff, but to
me this seems very odd.
For a ship that made its maiden voyage in 1989, obviously these LRADs are not standard equipment, as they were only developed last year or so, and
are still being fully tested in Iraq.
And obviously there was a bit of dis-information going on, with the reports of 'fake gunfire' to repel the attackers.
These sorts of weapons have only been deployed in very limited numbers to the US Police force and the US military, as their effects are not as yet
fully known; so why would the US sell one off to some tourist company, where they are going to be used around civialians, hundreds of them, in an
enclosed environment, with not even an American soldier operating it?
Anybody else ready to question this?