My old ship's in the news!


March 14, 2003, 02:27 PM
Someone sent me this article from the Green Peace site. I was on the "Mighty DALLAS" three years ago.

Fingers on the triggers

Thu 13 March 2003

The US Navy kept more than a close eye on Greenpeace activists this morning as the Coast Guard vessel Dallas left the US and Spanish naval port in Rota. The activists were escorting the vessel out of the port and were immediately pounced on by three police boats and a helicopter flying just metres above our inflatable boats while the coast guard crew manned the 20mm canons.

The Rota naval base is a joint operation between the US and Spain and a major stop for US chartered cargo ships on route to the Gulf. In addition to ships coming and going, the base has an airstrip where military supply planes are regularly landing and taking off, even late into the night.

Despite the overwhelming opposition to the war by Spanish people, the government is supporting the US led war on Iraq both politically in the UN Security Council and on the ground with base support.

Several activists were out this morning to let not only the government of Spain, but the participants that this war know that it is illegal, immoral and wrong. Our inflatable boats kept 100 metres away from the ship to not impede its progress, but police boats immediately surrounded our inflatables and a police helicopter was just metres above.

"The helicopter was so close I could see the pilot's name badge," said Timo, one of the activists driving an inflatable. The helicopter was flying just four metres above us, sometimes less, making it very wet, very hard to see and very hard to hear, the sound was deafening. The police in the helicopter kept telling us to move away from the ship, but since we were not doing anything illegal, we continued our peaceful protest."

The activists followed the Dallas for almost two kilometres where it pick up speed and we were not able to keep up.

The Dallas is more of a small war ship than a patrol vessel. It is 115 metres with a maximum speed of 29 knots and a crew of about 170. The ship is armed with harpoon missiles, 76 and 20 mm guns, torpedoes and a helicopter. Why not paint it grey and be done with it?

The Rainbow Warrior has been anchored off the naval base since Wednesday morning. Our presence has obviously flustered authorities who know there is almost no support from the Spanish people for this war.

A recent article in the US military publication Stars and Stripes stated: "The U.S. Navy and its Spanish counterparts are keeping an eye on the 179-foot schooner Rainbow Warrior, waiting to see what the group will do next in its push against a war on Iraq."

"Spanish and American security forces at the nearby Navy base in Rota are standing by in case the group attempts a blockade of ships at the pier. Lt. Corey Barker, a base spokesman for the U.S. Navy, said U.S. security patrolmen are ready in case the Spanish harbor patrol forces need help moving ships in and out of the pier."

With 20mm canons on peaceful protestors, they are doing more than just keeping an eye on us.

The guy really ought to use his spell check more often and get his facts straight. Those are 25MM Bushmasters mounted on the side, your zodiacs were also covered by M2 50 cals, and we never had Harpoons installed.

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AJ Dual
March 14, 2003, 02:31 PM
That French cruiser that ran over those Greenpeace boats is probably the most respect I've had for the French in recent memory... :D

March 14, 2003, 03:34 PM
I know how you feel. I still receive reports on USS Tarawa, and where she is.

March 14, 2003, 10:31 PM
Found a pic from Green Peace's site. This is how they saw the DALLAS.

This is probably what they saw up close.

(If there's a problem with me using Green Peace's pic please let me know and I'll dump it.)

March 14, 2003, 10:34 PM
couldn't someone touch that picture up with a "shattered lens" effect? just for grins?:neener:

March 14, 2003, 10:38 PM
Ahhhh......Rota NAS

I visit there often these days. The BEST steak in the world (I've checked), awesome seafood, cheap Cuban cigars and some decent red wine.

.....did I mention all the chain-smoking supermodels?? J-lo would run about a '4' on the scale over there.

March 14, 2003, 11:36 PM
I see my ship everyday. Each time I pick up an aluminum can I wonder if that's it! :D
I saw what a 5" gun can do to small wooden craft a couple of times, wonder how a Zodiac raft would hold up?

March 15, 2003, 08:32 AM
get a limpet mine attached not too long ago?

2nd Amendment
March 15, 2003, 11:07 AM
Funny how we keep hearing about "overwhelming opposition". A few thousand protesters world-wide is "overwhelming", but millions who support the action or say nothing are, what? Negligible? :rolleyes:

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