The prospect of meeting a sleek, armored riverine command boat and its fearsome array of .50-caliber machine guns at sea would undoubtedly induce second thoughts among pirates who prey on shipping in the Gulf of Aden.With a few wrinkles removed, sounds like a good idea to try in the real world.
That much is certain. But the boats have to get there first.
Riverine force leaders gave the demonstration a thumbs-up. If senior Navy leaders agree, the riverine force could find itself with a new post-Iraq war mission set outside the green-water arena for which it is designed, and the Navy with yet another capability for the flexible and heavily deployed amphibious force.
One of those wrinkles is that a lot more boats are needed to do the anti-piracy mission right.
And a really good strategy would be good, too.
U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael R. Hinchcliffe