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The episode, with conflicting versions from both sides, reminds the incident occurred 30 miles off the southern Indian coast on Feb. 15, 2012, when two Italian Navy riflemen belonging to the San Marco Battalion, fired three sets of warning shots for deterrence against a boat, allegedly killing two Indian fishermen.
The incident sparked a diplomatic crisis between Italy and India, and the two military, on board the merchant ship Enrica Lexie as Military Security Team, are still under custody in India.
U.S. Navy releases image of the small motor vessel fired upon by USNS Rappahannock off the United Arab Emirates
Two Italian Navy riflemen belonging to the San Marco Battalion, are currently under custody in India pending the investigation about the alleged killing of two Indian fishermen 30 miles off the southern Indian coast on Feb. 15.
The two military were on board the merchant ship Enrica Lexie as Military Security Team on Italian ships in areas under threat of pirates. Although the episode is still under investigation, the Italian Navy explained in an official statement that at about 12.30PM Italian Time, the merchant ship was approached by a suspect vessel with armed sailors that did not respond to warning signs.
In compliance with the stardand procedures, the security team on board the Enrica Lexie fired three sets of warning shots for deterrence whose effect was to discourage the pirates. The alleged pirate boat departed from the Italian merchant ship without signs “of obvious onboard damages.”
However, two fishermen died and Indian authorities denied that any of the crew members of the “suspect” vessel was armed.
Alleged killing of two Indian fishermen in anti-piracy operation sparks diplomatic crisis between India and Italy
Originally posted by Drunkenparrot
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
reply to post by Drunkenparrot
Posting a US link does not show that it is common knowledge - there is more to the world than the US, and more to the world than the internet.
If you were operating a small vessel in the Dubai Port of Jebel Ali, would you approach a Naval vessel of any nationality unannounced?
Now fishing industry insiders have called for clear guidelines on using the waters.
Jameel Abedin, Managing Director of Dubai-based Go Fishing Tours, said: “While there are guidelines in place in line with coastguard regulations, there has to be better communication regarding any new safety rules. This is especially important for private boat owners who may venture out to sea without updated guidelines.”
Originally posted by Gixxer
OP your anti U.S rhetoric is well known on these forums so i won't comment on your bias, but i can guarantee that they were warned, if you knew anything about military procedure you would know there is no possible way a us navy commander fired on a ship without warning.
use a little comon sence before you decide to make yet another thread bashing the U.S military.
Originally posted by hp1229
Is the Indian Government investigating the incident besides the US and UAE?