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ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

July 29, 2009

Navy releases video of LCS 2 sea trials

Reports filtering out on the builder's trials of LCS 2 Independence, indicate that the Austal-built Littoral Combat Ship attained 43 knots with all diesels, gas turbines and waterjets on line, but at less than full power. Teething troubles encountered have included a leak in the port gas turbine shaft seal.

Meantime, the Navy recently released video of the trials, shot on June 12


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