In response to requests from the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a “mothership,” the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show.
“These might be the dumbest pirates ever.”
Rear Adm. Craig S. Fuller, Commodore of Carrier Strike Group 151,
on the inadvisability of trying to board a Bahamian-flagged ship
steaming only 8 miles away from the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis
and its cruiser escort.
These people really don’t get it, do they?