Oct 022016
 

The HSV-2 Swift was a slick catamaran built in 2002 by an Australian shipbuilder to compete in a US Navy program. It did not win, and while it was leased to the US Navy for a number of years it remained a privately owned vessel, and in 2015 was leased to the UAE’s National Marine Dredging Company.

And then in late September, some jackhole in Yemen with an anti-ship missile turned it into a flaming pile of floating aluminum rubble.

Was:

Is:

Note the repeated use of the ever present Phrase That Pays (to duck when you hear it) during the early shots of the ship on fire.

 Posted by at 3:44 pm
  • B-Sabre

    She may have been leased to the UAE’s National Marine Dredging Company, but if she was off the coast of Yemen when this happened, she was probably supporting the UAE forces who are supporting ( and doing a better job of it as well) the Saudi intervention in Yemen, and was a legitimate military target.

    http://warontherocks.com/2016/05/the-u-a-e-approach-to-counterinsurgency-in-yemen/

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      The Houthis have reportedly been good at being anti-ISIS.. That whole area is a cluster

  • KWMerican

    That missile hit square on the bridge area. I don’t see how there were no casualties.