Recent upsets to smooth running...like sinking.

Other than the ongoing viral conflagration which seems to be occupying the worlds attention, a recent event may just have caused a little consternation and not a few red faces in Escuadra, the headquarters of the naval Escuadra (Fleet), Base Naval Contralmirante Agustín Armario which is located in the city of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo.

It appears that a rather zealous and perhaps even impetuous Captain has sunk his own ship in what would a few days earlier have seemed like a massive April Fool.
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The Venezuelan patrol vessel GC-23 Naiguata, see above, had approached the ice-class expedition cruise ship RCGS Resolute at a position about 13 nm off Isla de Tortuga. The Resolute was drifting with one engine idling and one engine undergoing maintenance. The Venezuelan vessel then ordered the Resolute's to follow it to the port of Puerto Moreno, Isla de Margarita.

While the master sought to confirm with the shipowners before complying with the request the Venezuelan Navy vessel then apparently fired shots and then rammed the Resolute's starboard side. This was then repeated, but during this rather drastic and rather Russia Naval tactical manoeuvre the Venezuelan vessel encountered Resolute's hardened bulbous bow and unfortunately sustaining rather severe damage which then resulted in her sinking.

The Resolute not suffering any harm affecting her seaworthiness, contacted maritime rescue authorities in Curacao and waited on scene for one hour. After MRCC Curacao released her from the scene, she got under way for Willemstad.

The government of Venezuela identified the lost vessel as the 1,500 tonne patrol ship Naiguata, accused Resolute of improperly departing the scene after the casualty. "The action of the ship Resolute is considered cowardly and criminal, since it did not attend to the rescue of the crew, in breach of the international regulations that regulate the rescue of life at sea." Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has apparently alleged that the Resolute collided with the Naiguata in an "act of aggression and piracy." and it could not be ruled out that Resolute “was transporting mercenaries to attack military bases in Venezuela, unloading them out there on the high seas.”

It’s a toss up as to who is the bigger arse! The Captain of the Naiguata, or the President of Venezuela?

 
Do you think they noticed a sulphuous odour on the bridge during any of this?
 
First Portuguese naval victory since the early 19th century according to one report I read :)
 
The government of Venezuela accused Resolute of improperly departing the scene after the casualty. "The action of the ship Resolute is considered cowardly and criminal, since it did not attend to the rescue of the crew, in breach of the international regulations that regulate the rescue of life at sea."
Quite right - this was overheard at Trafalgar. However, I'm not sure if a Captain who has just been fired upon would be inclined to follow those regulations.
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Mattb

LE
I'm going to hazard a guess that 13nm off of the island means that the ship was in international waters at the time of the incident?
 
The oddest thing about this story is that the Venezuelans wanted the cruise ship to go into port, when most other countries are trying to keep them out.
 
Were any iPods harmed during this incident?
 

TamH70

MIA
The first confirmed German navy kill since May the Somethingth 1945 then? Do they get to hoist up a broom for when they get back to their homeport?

(RCGS Resolute is a German vessel, not Portuguese. See here:

Venezuelan warship shoots, rams into German cruise vessel before sinking - yon article has a picture of the damage the Venezuelan idiot caused to the ship on the right-hand side of the hull near the bow)
 
(RCGS Resolute is a German vessel, not Portuguese. See here:
Meh - give it a week and it will be a CIA vessel* imitating the Resolute that delibratly and in an unprovoked attack sank the Venezuelan vessel in an attempt to provoke military action because Venezuela could possibly maybe be thinking of selling oil in Euros.

*Proven by pictures of the "real" resolute having a slightly different paint scheme 7 years ago and dismissing the possibility that she was repainted on the basis that nobody took photos of it / reported it
 
Meh - give it a week and it will be a CIA vessel* imitating the Resolute that delibratly and in an unprovoked attack sank the Venezuelan vessel in an attempt to provoke military action because Venezuela could possibly maybe be thinking of selling oil in Euros.

*Proven by pictures of the "real" resolute having a slightly different paint scheme 7 years ago and dismissing the possibility that she was repainted on the basis that nobody took photos of it / reported it
From @TamH70 link. To a Jewish News Article.

Talk about blaming somebody who wasn't even there.


The Iranian regime-allied Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the captain of the RCGS RESOLUTE cruise ship of “terrorism and piracy" and sought to force the ship into a new direction on the high seas. The cruise ship, which had no passengers on board and was sailing under a Portuguese flag, has a reinforced hull that enables it to sail through ice water.
 

TamH70

MIA
From @TamH70 link. To a Jewish News Article.

Talk about blaming somebody who wasn't even there.


The Iranian regime-allied Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the captain of the RCGS RESOLUTE cruise ship of “terrorism and piracy" and sought to force the ship into a new direction on the high seas. The cruise ship, which had no passengers on board and was sailing under a Portuguese flag, has a reinforced hull that enables it to sail through ice water.
Well, the Venezuelan government under its illegitimate (in pretty much all the meanings of that word) president, are allies of those theocratic shitheads in Tehran, so I don't see your problem, frankly. Besides, it was either that article or I would be giving clicks to the Beeb or the Daily Mail, so...
 
I hadn't realised that a republic like Venezuela had a Royal Navy.
 

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