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Royal Navy ordered to turn ship's guns(blanks),they were pointing at Michelle Obama's hotel room
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10,15,11

Posted on 10/15/2011 6:36:51 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch

A British Royal Navy ship was ordered to turn its guns around because they were parked pointing at a hotel room Michelle Obama was staying in. Fearing the First Lady might be in danger, minders ordered the captain of the HMS Edinburgh stationed in Cape Town, South Africa, to switch them away from her five-star suite.

The U.S. agents have since been accused of overreacting after it emerged the Sea Dart missiles were, in fact, loaded with blanks having been used during a ceremony in honour of a sailor who had died.

Former Royal Navy officer Mike Critchley told the Daily Mirror: 'This is typical American Secret Service going over the top.

'I would have thought that they could trust their British allies to not put a missile through the bedroom window of the First Lady. It is unfortunate that this happened at an extremely sad time for the ship.'

Mrs Obama was on an official visit to South Africa in June and was staying in a luxury suite at the five star Table Bay Hotel.

The boat, meanwhile, happened to be in the middle of a ceremonial routine to remember Lieutenant Sara Hellawell, a 26-year-old whose body was found onboard a few days before.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: capetown; mikecritchley; royalnavy; sarahellawell; southafrica; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 10/15/2011 6:36:57 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

If they were heat seeking missiles they would have missed because she is nowheres hot!


2 posted on 10/15/2011 6:41:55 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
ノーコメント。
3 posted on 10/15/2011 6:41:55 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Herman Cain will be the nominee of the GOP! The momentum is unmistakeable. The Dems/RINOs hate it.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Noone wants to see Mrs OBAMA die.


4 posted on 10/15/2011 6:42:06 AM PDT by Leep
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Engrish, please...


5 posted on 10/15/2011 6:46:23 AM PDT by null and void (Day 997 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: Leep

No one? Shirly there must be someone?


6 posted on 10/15/2011 6:47:57 AM PDT by null and void (Day 997 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: null and void

It said “no comment”.


7 posted on 10/15/2011 6:50:55 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Herman Cain will be the nominee of the GOP! The momentum is unmistakeable. The Dems/RINOs hate it.)
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To: null and void

Says, “No comment.”


8 posted on 10/15/2011 6:51:15 AM PDT by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: FoxInSocks; AmericanInTokyo

Thanks.


9 posted on 10/15/2011 6:52:35 AM PDT by null and void (Day 997 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: InvisibleChurch

D*mn, that picture made my day.

Way to keep it up, Brits, I love it.


10 posted on 10/15/2011 6:52:35 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: InvisibleChurch

FIRE!!!


11 posted on 10/15/2011 6:52:35 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: null and void

Shirley you jest.


12 posted on 10/15/2011 6:55:25 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: InvisibleChurch

Michelle Obama or not, it might be a good idea to have projectiles pointed in a direction of least potential harm. Kinda like with small arms.


13 posted on 10/15/2011 6:59:38 AM PDT by decimon
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To: InvisibleChurch

Of course, this precaution is necessary because of the well documented practice of the British government in using guided missles to assassinate its foreign enemies and political opponents.

No, wait! That’s us. Ummm...never mind. </ sarcasm>

(Disclaimer: The foregoing attempt at lame humor should, in no way, be construed as an objection by the poster to the United States government policy of lighting up its foreign enemies with drone-launched Hellfire missiles whenever possible. Rather, he encourages it and feels that, given the on-going menace posed by both North Korea and Iran, the policy should be expanded to include the use of nuclear ballistic missiles and the sooner, the better.)


14 posted on 10/15/2011 6:59:38 AM PDT by Captain Rhino (“Si vis pacem, para bellum” - If you want peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Leep

Loaded with blanks?

You’ve got to be kidding - or seriously misguided.

The British were setting up BLANKS fired as a salute to fallen sailor .... and Michelle’s “handlers” wanted the ceremony aborted because they were worried about her 5 star hotel suite being shot! And you don’t care about the waste of money SHE spent playing in South Africa?


15 posted on 10/15/2011 7:02:58 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I know that the abberations caused by wide-angle lenses can play tricks on the eye, but it appears those missiles would have gone way over the building, if they had any propellant.


16 posted on 10/15/2011 7:04:42 AM PDT by Loud Mime (The Obama voters are dumber than you think, meaner than you can imagine)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Hysterical idiots.


17 posted on 10/15/2011 7:08:31 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
The Royal Navy was focusing their thoughts on a patriotic woman who served her country.

Mrs Obama was the farthest thing from their minds.

18 posted on 10/15/2011 7:10:39 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I won't vote for Romney. I won't vote for Perry.)
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To: Loud Mime

At a place where I used to work, they hauled in a missile launcher, aimed skyward in the general direction of the vice-president’s office as a prop for the shareholders’ meeting. Same problem, they were aimed too high, would have gone clear over his 5th floor office.


19 posted on 10/15/2011 7:12:34 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
In order to guarantee the safety and security of the FLOTUS, and to prevent any such future threats, I demand that congress pass an immediate resolution withholding funding for any further boarding in seaside resort hotels.

Michelle's safety depends on it, and congress's failure to do so would be grossly negligent.

20 posted on 10/15/2011 7:16:47 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: InvisibleChurch

But she is the Modern Evita, the Earth Mother, the one we all love because she cares for us when we are too stupid to do it ourselves!


21 posted on 10/15/2011 7:17:36 AM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Interesting that the SS is named as the reason....dollars to donuts the first Wookie looked out her window and saw the guns pointed in her direction and got paranoid and made the SS request this reposition of the missiles


22 posted on 10/15/2011 7:21:06 AM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: InvisibleChurch
More detail on the death of Lt. Sara Hellawell. I thought it was odd the circumstances weren't included in the original article.
23 posted on 10/15/2011 7:24:44 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: InvisibleChurch

"broadside has a whole new meaning"

24 posted on 10/15/2011 7:25:59 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: InvisibleChurch

She seems to be the type of paranoid that gets upset sitting down to dinner if all the setting’s knives and forks are pointing at her.


25 posted on 10/15/2011 7:32:34 AM PDT by C210N (zer0 - a Marxonist spreading the flames of obamunism wherever he goes.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Anything with an exhaust as big as Moochies, has got to be hot.
26 posted on 10/15/2011 7:35:41 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: InvisibleChurch
the silly fat cow wasn't in the top floor Presidential suite???
27 posted on 10/15/2011 7:36:59 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

They were positioned in the standard rest position. They were not turned in the direction of the hotel.


28 posted on 10/15/2011 7:41:41 AM PDT by Bruinator ("For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question")
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To: InvisibleChurch
Could not have hurt her, the brits are out of wookie rounds, fired them all at daffy.
29 posted on 10/15/2011 7:42:12 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrat)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Yeah, I feel for her, I had the same problem when I was taking vacations on the taxpayer dime during the Obama Recession.

Thanks InvisibleChurch.


30 posted on 10/15/2011 10:19:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: org.whodat
In the missile world there are “Pretty Birds” and there are “Warshots”. Pretty Birds are used for exercising the system and for display for various occasions: official visitors, entering or leaving port, equipment checks, etc. They have no warheads or propellant — they're inert chunks of metal and fiberglass with some internal electronics for system monitoring. The USN paints our Pretty Birds a light blue with white fins and trim; the RN paints theirs all red.

Warshots are painted WHITE. There is a brown 2-inch band painted around the propellant section that indicates a live rocket motor. There is a 2-inch band painted around the warhead section. A blue band indicates the warhead is inert; a yellow band (sometimes with the explosive filler in black letters) indicates a LIVE warhead.

The Head Wookies’ Secret Service people should have known this and why the RN ship was “dressed” for a special occasion. This is not a state secret.

As an aside, during the mid-1980s, a USN missile cruiser and a Russian missile cruiser were in a friendly (neutral) port for a port call. The daily routine was to exercise the ship's combat systems for equipment checks. In this case, the Russian cruiser was aft of the American vessel.

One day, about half way through the port call, the Americans began their 0830 routine of running equipment checks. Someone in the missile house selected the wrong cells and loaded the launcher rails with two Warshots instead of the usual Pretty Birds. The on-deck safety observer immediately informed the missile house of the error and the Wardhots were quickly pulled back into the missile house, but not before there were a lot of binoculars staring at the loaded launcher from the Russian ship.

The American skipper called his Russian opposite number and offered an embarrassed apology that was accepted. Both skippers agreed to suspend weapons’ exercises for the rest of the port call.

31 posted on 10/15/2011 10:36:09 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Why is she in England (again)? I thought the Obamas hate the Brits.


32 posted on 10/15/2011 12:38:08 PM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: org.whodat

Nope.


33 posted on 10/15/2011 2:10:57 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: MasterGunner01
One day, about half way through the port call, the Americans began their 0830 routine of running equipment checks. Someone in the missile house selected the wrong cells and loaded the launcher rails with two Warshots instead of the usual Pretty Birds. The on-deck safety observer immediately informed the missile house of the error and the Wardhots were quickly pulled back into the missile house, but not before there were a lot of binoculars staring at the loaded launcher from the Russian ship.

I had a similar situation happen to me running DSOT on a DDG in port at San Diego. The safety observer didn't catch that live birds, rather than TSAMs, were under the launcher arms. As they were coming up, he SCREAMED to stop the loading. There we sat, with two live birds halfway in the magazine and halfway onto the launcher. The only way to cycle them back down was to bring them fully up on the rails. I think it may have taken an act of Congress (or perhaps divine intervention) to get the permission needed to do that. Definitely the most interesting DSOT I ever ran. (And yes, I did catch hell for letting it happen.)

34 posted on 10/15/2011 2:44:13 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob
In the late 1960s or early 1970s, one of the GMG1 gunner's mates on a Forrest Sherman-class DD discovered he had a cheating spouse. [Forrest Sherman DDs had auto-loading Mk 42 5-inch guns.] As it turned out, he could see the bedroom window of his apartment from the one man control (OMC) station of the Mk 42 gun mount from the pier at 32nd street in San Diego. He decided to give his cheating spouse and her boyfriend a Sunday morning wake up call.

He figured that she'd call her boyfriend over for some “horizontal mambo” while he stood duty over the weekend. He had the gun loaded to the transfer tray with a BL&P projectile (blind loaded and plugged practice ammo). Fortunately, the weekend duty section people stopped him before he could put his plan into reality. Wife and boyfriend were very fortunate the wake up call wasn't a 70 pound projectile at 2,900 feet per second flying through the bedroom. Now that IS coitus interruptus!

35 posted on 10/15/2011 6:06:30 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: Leep

Noone wants to see Mrs OBAMA die
He does?


36 posted on 10/16/2011 10:59:10 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

One of my bestiary of pet peeves. That, and ‘prolly’.


37 posted on 10/17/2011 4:22:48 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

One of my bestiary of pet peeves. That, and ‘prolly’
Seems to happen “alot” . . .
38 posted on 10/17/2011 5:25:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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