Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Venezuelan Warship Sinks Itself Attacking Unarmed Cruise Ship

As an armada of US naval and military forces deploys toward Venezuelan waters on enhanced “counternarcotic” operations ordered by President Trump, the Venezuelan Navy has already suffered its first casualty. On March 30 the ANBV Naiguatá (GC-23), a Venezuelan patrol vessel, armed with a 76mm main gun, as well as a pair of 20mm cannons and two .50 caliber machine guns, sank after attacking the unarmed Resolute, a Portuguese-flagged cruise ship en route to Curaçao, a Dutch island in the Caribbean.

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According to The Economist, the Resolute “had been drifting for a day in international waters near La Tortuga, a Venezuelan island, as it tinkered with its starboard engine.” At midnight it was approached by the Naiguatá and ordered to come into port. The ship, believing it would be illegally seized by Venezuela, refused. Shortly thereafter the Naiguatá opened fire and rammed the cruise ship.

The Economist continues:

Unfortunately for the Naiguatá, the Resolute’s placid appearance belies the fact that its strengthened hull, built for polar cruising, can smash through metre-thick ice—and, it turns out, puny patrol boats. The Resolute brushed off the collision with “minor damages”, whereas the Naiguatá rapidly took on water and sank, leaving 44 sheepish sailors to be rescued.

Venezuela disputes this account. Its armed forces accused the Resolute of “cowardly and criminal behaviour” by initiating the collision in Venezuela’s national waters. The Bolivarian navy insisted that its gallant sailors put in an “impeccable performance” against the unarmed cruise ship, presumably by sinking with particular panache.

The navy darkly added that the Resolute, which boasts a jacuzzi and sauna, might have been carrying mercenary commandos to attack Venezuelan bases. As evidence, it pointed to nefarious inflatable boats on its deck.

The Venezuelan Navy later released a heavily edited video, posted by The Drive, that shows a Venezuelan seaman firing an AK-47 at the ship and then the two ships impacting, with the patrol boat quickly taking on water.

This tragic-comic incident should demonstrate the decrepit state of Venezuela’s naval and military capabilities after two decades of corrupt, incompetent leadership by the Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro “Bolivarian” socialist regime. If this warship sinking is any indication, Maduro should be very concerned about US forces headed his way.

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Paul Crespo
Paul Crespo
Paul Crespo is a defense and national security expert. He served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. He holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. Paul is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and a Contributor to American Defense News.

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James Everett
James Everett
3 months ago

Typical communist lying response: try to make themselves look heroic even when the facts are obviously to the contrary. They don’t seem to even care that they come off as the liars they are – they just boldy deny deny deny, as if to say “ok, so we lie. So what? Besides, we are the ones to decide whether it’s a lie or not, and we say not”, which is basically the same philosophy they ‘govern’ with.

Joe in Texas
Joe in Texas
3 months ago
Reply to  James Everett

This is exactly what the liberals / democrats do all the time. Aided by the Fake Media, they continue to lie even when it becomes clear what the truth actually is. Think Pelosi, Shumer, and Biden.

Viet Vet
Viet Vet
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe in Texas

You beat me to it…communists are the same the world over.

Viet Vet
Viet Vet
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe in Texas

They always can count on their “media” running interference for them.

A. D Roberts
3 months ago
Reply to  James Everett

Shades of Bill Clinton. “Deny, deny, deny”

Sirdirkfan
Sirdirkfan
3 months ago

Now that was cute – Maduro is so desperate that he doesn’t even investigate what he considers his enemy – he may’ve done an edited account of the scuffle but the truth remains that Venezuela sank and the world won’t let Maduro forget it.

Kyle
Kyle
3 months ago

Dive make your depth 150 feet, ahead 1/3, 2 degree down bubble, chief of the watch Flood all Ballast tanks.

DetroitDom
DetroitDom
3 months ago
Reply to  Kyle

That’s funny!!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 months ago

I can’t believe they would open fire on an unarmed and stranded ship full of passengers and no body is saying a word I hope it doesn’t go without someone holding them accountable and I don’t know if any report said anyone was shot and killed

Thomas
3 months ago

THIS OBVIOUSLY POINTS OUT WHAT CRAZY BURNIE THINKS OUR NATION IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF “SOCIALISM/MARXISM”, AND HIS WACKO FOLLOWERS THE MuSLIME TWINS ILAHA AND WHAT EVER THE NAMS OF THE THE OTHER PIECE OF SHIT IS. THE USA IS BECOMEING THE JOKE OF THE WORLD ALLOWING THISE MuSLIME VERMIN TO EVEN BREATH OUR FREE AIR.

skai
skai
3 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

Thomas Agree with you100% And now see http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
3 months ago

this is like threatening a semi with a Mini Cooper, just Aint very smart

logger1492
logger1492
3 months ago

Bolivia and Venezuela are not the same country.

DetroitDom
DetroitDom
3 months ago
Reply to  logger1492

True, not the same, but isn’t some of the Bolivian military in Venezuela supporting Maduro?

ItzaSeakrit
ItzaSeakrit
3 months ago

.
From Webster’s:
Definition of Bolivarian: of or relating to the South American republics of Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

From w’pedia:
Bolivarianism is a mix of pan-American, socialist and national-patriotic ideals fixed against injustices of imperialism, inequality and corruption named after Simón Bolívar, the 19th-century Venezuelan general and liberator from the Spanish monarchy then in abeyance, who led the struggle for independence throughout much of South America.

Just sharing info’ – I had the same thought (I had to look it up). ✌😎👍

olderose
olderose
3 months ago

Could we have Benneeswayla flesh out its claim that a cruise ship, dead in the water, “cowardly and criminally initiated a collision” with a fully-operational warship designed for patrolling? Ensign Gomez to El Capitan: “Skeeper, les be like El Toro and charge dat beeg madre gordo!” Arriba, muchchos, ole-ole-OLE!

Otto Zeit
Otto Zeit
3 months ago
Reply to  olderose

Ole, ole — UH-OH!

Mike Ksen
Mike Ksen
3 months ago

Well if the educators go on unsupervised Venezuela will be here Bernie Sanders supporters should enlighten you.

Tractor Man
Tractor Man
3 months ago

Cheech and Chong could make a movie out of this one.

joseph pugliese
joseph pugliese
3 months ago

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

Gun Moll
Gun Moll
3 months ago

You guys hate the communists, yet you support Putin’s puppet. Explain.

Tranger
Tranger
3 months ago
Reply to  Gun Moll

Putin gets near half of Ukraine, including all of Crimea under Obama and Hillary and Obama, is overheard off mic telling Putin to wait till after election, and not a thing is done about it. Who is the puppet? Putin has not faired well under Trump, but the US has despite all the Dem congress, leftist media, and Deep State globalists, can throw at Trump. The facts are upsetting your TDS narrative!

PhantomFlyer
PhantomFlyer
3 months ago
Reply to  Tranger

You are wasting your time with logic. Old Fighter Pilot proverb: Never try to teach a pig to sing. It is a waste of time and it only annoys the pig!

There is gravity and anti-gravity. There is reality and there are leftists. 🙁

Tony
Tony
3 months ago
Reply to  PhantomFlyer

There are old pilots and there are bold pilots but there are no old bold pilots.

DetroitDom
DetroitDom
3 months ago
Reply to  Gun Moll

We don’t support Putin’s puppet – he’s been out of the White House for over 3 years now.

Exactly which administration allowed a 20% ownership of Uranium One to be bought by Russia? . . . tick tock, tick tock.

Just remember, Trump’s policies regarding petroleum has driven Russia and the Middle East to their proverbial knees financially. Petroleum is Russia’s only major export and the barrel prices are killing both regions. But global economics is probably to difficult for you to comprehend.

Avenatti
Avenatti
3 months ago

A nice take on the Sanders campaign . . .

Grampa
Grampa
3 months ago

This is the type of government that our young socialists want for America. they always have the same reasoning. Socialisum hadn’t worked because we were not in charge.if we looked back in history we could find the same message that came from the ones who would be in charge. power corrupts.absolute power corrupts absolutely. Now the peopleof venezuela will need to fight for their freedoms. our media is strangely silent about their problems Why? We have one man that isn’t shy about wanting socilisu for America. the rest wont say it but will practice it oncethey are in power. ——–Grampa

Daniel Stephens
Daniel Stephens
3 months ago

I can think of a couple of Congress people we could send down there to run a full scale investigation into the incident. Pelosi should head it up along with OAC as her Vice Chair. They will only require a ship load of the finest whiskey, another refrigerated container ship for the Ice Cream and a couple of billion for room, board and expenses. Should keep them busy until after the November election. They aren’t doing anything productive here, so a foreign excursion seems about right. American Airlines has a large number of aircraft available for their disposal.

Gregb567i@yahoo.com
2 months ago

March 30, 2020 Cruise Guide

6pm Lovely evening meal in main dining room.
7pm Music & After Dinner Drinks on the Lido deck.
8pm Watch the Captain ram and sink a stinking comie Naval Ship!
9pm Dance the night away.

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