Belling the Cat?
The gator warship USS Ashland LSD-48 has come under attack from Somali pirates, and responded accordingly. From Central Command:
USS ASHLAND, Gulf of Aden – At approximately 5:00 a.m. local time, the USS Ashland (LSD 48), was fired upon by a skiff manned by suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden, approximately 330 nautical miles off the coast of Djibouti.
During the attack, the Ashland received small arms fire on the port side from the six man crew of suspected pirates aboard the skiff. The Ashland, in accordance with her rules of engagement, returned fire.
USS Ashland fired two rounds at the skiff from her MK-38 Mod 2, 25mm gun. The skiff caught fire and the suspected pirates abandoned the skiff. The Ashland deployed her rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) to assist the pirates who were in the water near their skiff.
Just a theory, but I am curious what other Somali pirates were doing while this was ongoing, and if any other ship hijackings were reported nearby? This is getting to be a strange habit, and if the number of anti-pirate escorts were few and far between, it might be easier for some poor forlorn hope to bell the cat while the other mice slip away with the cheese.
Just a thought. They could be just lame.