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I will be happy to share what we ended up with. We started with the fact that the naval forces were unwilling to share suspect vessel positions. We experimented with a number of platforms and ended up with a small blimp like device called an LTAS. The LTAs was towed about about 500 feet up. Mounted on the LTAS was a small aperture radar and an FLIR TV camera. The radar was able to detect small craft from a distance of about 4 miles. The TV camera allowed us to see about 3 miles reliably. When we had an incoming, we originally used a special forces team to respond. However after two trips, they simply did not get the notion that the master is in complete command. we elected to train our own crew with shotguns. We placed a sandwich of ballistic resistance plastic glass, a piece of metal and another piece of glass alongside the inboard side of the rails on the 02 deck. We then put working lines over that. We decided on a three man fire team. Our operational plans also used a high intensity focused strobe. If a boat attempted to come alongside, the vessels search lights were turn on as well as the strobe. If the boat continues in, the 3 man team has three different targets once the pirates are in the kill zone. SHotgun number 1 which is a semi-automatic Saiga 10 round with buckshot aims at the RPG holder, Shotgun number 2 which is a pump with buck and ball aims at the helmsman, shotgun number 3 which is also a pump with slug ammo aims at the motors. All three guns would sweep the boat after their primary targets were destroyed. Total cost is $8500 a trip since we rent everything.
**anyone on here with combat experience care to comment about "getting up close and personal" with a skiff full of rpgs and fullauto aks using just 3 shotguns??**
retired!!everyday is Saturday!!