Pirates Fought Off With Hi-Tech Weaponry

By Deane Barker on November 8, 2005

Cruise ship ‘used sonic weapon’: Interesting details are emerging about the pirate attack Dave posted the other day. Apparently the cruise ship was somewhat geeked out.

The crew of a cruise ship attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia used a sonic weapon to help ward off the attackers […]

The device blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam.

The sonic device, known as a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, is a so-called “non-lethal weapon” developed for the military after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships.

That article has a picture of the pirates shot by a passenger. I guess “pirate” is code for “idiot in a shrimp boat with a crappy gun.”

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  1. I guess “pirate” is code for “idiot in a shrimp boat with a crappy gun.

    Well, if you look closely at the picture, it looks like the guy in front might have an old RPG to me.

  2. Why would he be bringing his old Role Playing Games with him? Hopefully it is Rolemaster and not D&D.

    And thus ends geek humor of the day (or attempt at geek humor anyways).

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