MANAMA (Reuters) - Pirates have fired small arms weapons at a U.S. Navy supply ship off the coast of Eastern Somalia, the first attack of this kind since last year's surge in pirate attacks, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday.
The USNS Lewis and Clark was chased for about an hour on Wednesday morning by two pirates skiffs, but neither came closer than about one nautical mile to the U.S. vessel, the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet said in a statement.
The small arms fire fell well short of the U.S. ship which speeded up to evade the skiffs.
I understand it's a supply ship; but no weapons? Small arms or other? What the matter, the Navy doesn't trust sailors with them? Doesn't it set kind of a bad precedent for a U.S. Navy vessel to outrun pirates instead of, oh, sinking the boats?