April 04, 2020

A Short Sharp Action off Isla Del Tortuga

This is an immensely amusing story. It seems that the German owned, Portuguese flagged cruise ship RCGS Resolute suffered a mechanical casualty off the South American coast, and while drifting in international waters was approached and fired upon by the Venezuelan corvette BVL Naiguatá. The Venezuelan captain ordered the passenger vessel to follow it into harbor, and when the captain refused attempted to ram and board the Resolute.

Unsurprisingly, given that the Resolute was disabled,  ramming was achieved.

Alas, as  Resolute is an ice strengthened ship designed to cruise off Antarctica  she suffered no damage, while BVL Naiguatá suffered sufficient damage that she capsized and sank ignominiously. 

Comparison photo via The Week.

French, U.S., Dutch, and Columbian naval forces are all now on the alert for any further shenanigans from the ABV.  

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 05:21 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 Venezuelians outdone Norwegians with their Helge Ingstad stupidity.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Sun Apr 5 00:27:14 2020 (LZ7Bg)

2 IIRC the Resolute is about twice as long as the Naiguata, in addition to having four times the tonnage.

Posted by: Rick C at Mon Apr 6 09:58:43 2020 (Iwkd4)

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