As much fun as a dry root

What is the point of warships weapon systems if you are just going to use hoses to wet the enemy?

That is about as much fun as a dry root.

A SMALL fish like Taiwan, diplomatically isolated as it is, does not often pick a fight with both of Asia’s largest economies at the same time. But this disputed island chain, known to Japan as the Senkaku islands and to China as the Diaoyus, is casting its strange spell across the whole of the East China Sea.

A fierce shootout with water-cannon broke out between Japan’s coast guard and Taiwan’s on the morning of September 25th. The Japanese side was trying to repel an armada of almost 60 Taiwanese fishing vessels, which had sailed irritatingly near the islets, by blasting some of them with deck-mounted water cannon. Taiwan’s patrol boats retaliated by firing back with their own high-pressure hoses at the Japanese coastguard ships, all the while booming over loudspeakers that these rocks are the sovereign territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan’s official name) and that the Japanese vessels must leave Taiwan’s territory immediately. The fishing fleet managed to sail within three nautical miles (5.5km) of the disputed islands, before being turned back by the Japanese side. Meanwhile Taiwan’s navy dispatched frigates to the country’s north-eastern coast and scrambled warplanes, such as F-16s and Mirages, to monitor the civilian armada, according to a statement issued by the defence ministry on September 26th. The point, they say, was to be prepared for any eventuality. The president, Ma Ying-jeou, lent his support too, not missing a chance to add that the waters around the contested islands have been fishing grounds for Taiwan’s fishermen for more than 100 years.


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  • cows4me

    Should have put in some strong die like we use when spraying weeds, would have made things really interesting and colour full.

  • GregM

    Situations such as this are exactly why God invented the .50 Cal.

    • Caleb

      check this out…

  • Mr_Blobby

    Still demonstrated more firepower than our own navy can muster. We do have tugs equipped with water canon. We could send them in support of Taiwan, but only to engage the Japanese whaling fleet.

    • GregM

      I will email them Mr Blobby. Along the lines of:
      “Don’t fuckin make me come over there, it will be all over for you if I do…”
      That’ll fuck em.

      • Travis Poulson

        Yea, show ’em your cannon Greg!

        • GregM

          Told you I had a big one.
          My old girl under previous ownership below.

          • Travis Poulson

            Nice one Greg. Do you work as a contractor? Also I’m sure I’ve seen you or CC mention the Monowai, can’t recall what this vessel was, Navy survey vessel?

            Edit: Excuse my ignorance, not exactly my area of expertise.

          • GregM

            Nah, pleasure boat, mostly,I do a tow every 3-4 months or so. Yep HMNZS Monowai was RNZN hydrographic ship,The photo above was on its last trip to Bluff before de-commissioning.

          • Mr_Blobby

            Well done. Looks like you have the right tool for the job. The Asian women will be impressed.

  • grumpy

    Ram the bastards!