A Novel “Solution” to a Rat Problem

As usual, success brings with it unexpected consequences. Munro seized a stateless drift net fishing vessel, but it was found to be infested with rats. Alaska doesn’t want the rats ashore and fears e-rat-acation would be incomplete, so what do you do?

“Demonstrate Coast Guard Firepower & Blow Up The Rats!” suggests Alaska Senator Mark Begich

–Sink the ship using a National Security Cutter’s new 57mm.

This could be a bit embarrassing if we run out of ammo before sinking the ship, but it would be instructive. (Admittedly even I think they would succeed, but it will take more than a few rounds and probably won’t happen quickly. There would probably be a fire first, barbecuing the little rascals. I can hear the PETA outcry.)

The incident does seem to provide more evidence that we need more patrols in the Western Pacific.

23 thoughts on “A Novel “Solution” to a Rat Problem

  1. Hey sinking any ship by naval gun fire is not easy. Just go on YouTube and look at some of those Navy SINKEX videos with the 5″ gun fire. Its the Keystone Cops at sea!

    • Gunfire makes holes above the water line. It generally takes some time for that to have an effect.

      In addition to the vessels I mentioned in the post linked above, here is another small ship, a sister ship of the WWII construction MECs (former ATAs) USCGC Comanche and Modoc, that survived being hit by missiles.

      Here is the info on the British missile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Skua

      • From the photo in the wikipedia page, looks like Sobral was nailed right in the Radio Room. One of their big sisters, the USS Cree (ATF-84) survived three separate incidents of blue-on-blue bombings over the years. Who says towing targets is safe?

      • In the late 1970s, a tug at GITMO took three 5″/54 BL&P rounds in the laundry room. Fire control error coming out of a roll. FC radar locked on the tug instead of the sled. Lucky no one was seriously hurt.

      • The most sources say she was hit three times, including twice on the bridge. They may have taken out both levels of the superstructure. Killed her CO. The bridge was subsequently removed and is now a memorial. The US did the same thing with the bridge of the San Francisco after the night battle off Guadalcanal on Nov. 13, 1942.

      • Bottom line–did a great job taking out the bridge, but otherwise damage was limited.

      • Looks like a through hit in the pilot house – in the port forward and out the stbd aft and wiping out everything inside. It also apparantly took out the radio room directly underneath the pilot house. From the angle, I’d say another missile took out the motor whale boat.

      • Assuming she was hit by three Sea Skuas, that’s 957 pounds of missiles and about 198 pounds of warhead. Sometimes unspent missile fuel is very destructive, but if we consider only the 198 pounds of warhead, that is roughly the equivalent of 33 rounds of 57 mm, although being spread around the 57mm is more likely to hit something vital. How many rounds you need to shoot to get 33 hits at a given range is different question.

        And of course they were a long way from sinking the little ship.

      • four missiles were fired, two hit the bridge, one hit the ship’s boat, and one missed.

  2. I recall seeing some navy video from the Northern Arabian Gulf where they continually missed a stationary platform.

    Here is my formula for burning the drift-netter. About three 55-gallon oil drums mix in five gallons of diesel, five gallons of gasoline, a pint of ether in each drum and then tighten the bung. Let the mixture warm in the sun (I know, its Alaska) and let the ether fill the void as the diesel and gasoline mingle.

    Add some .50 caliber tracer fire and viola! A real Hollywood explosion. Of course, some C-4 arranged would not hurt but the Coast Guard doesn’t train on demolition anymore.

  3. Oh, the 57mm gun could sink that ship. First the boarding team opens all watertight doors and hatches. Holes are torched in any bulkheads that do not have doors. Inspection plates are opened on all voids and tanks. Then the Cutter comes in so close it can’t miss and fires every round at the waterline. Finally, have a barbeque and Holiday Routine with an anchor pool type raffle for the time it finally sinks. Everyone has fun and some one wins a pot of money.

  4. Here’s my Suggestion to dealing with the Rat problem, Take a bunch of Stray cats and put them on board the ship. Let the Stray Cats deal with the Rat problem. Those Stray cats will be having their thanksgiving real early. Or you can trap them and sell the Rats to Colleges and Universities for lab experiments. After the Cats deal with the Rat problem. Call for a Gunnery Practice and it seems that it’s now a Good time to test those 57mm Guns and those 5″/54 caliber Mark 45 gun. On a Live fire Demo and make it pay per view to fund for the Ammo. The other option is to let a bunch of Rednecks have a go at it for Target Practice.

  5. How maany 5″ rounds did it take for that New York 327, to sink a anphta tanker that had been in a collision in NY harbor, and then had two or three more fires and explosions, be for the COPY ordered it towed out to sea and sunk? Seems that was in the mid to late 60’s

    Think is was the Alva Cape.


    • Of course it would be relatively easy just to open the sea chests and let it sink. Sinking it that way would be relatively easy, unless you have seen “Willard” too many times.

  6. I like the idea about using some well motivated hungry cats to solved the rats problem. Let just use a MK-48 torpedo. Oh we don’t have any of does do we? Then I say a couple of 1000 lbs. bombs from one of our F/A-18E Super Hornet. Darn the Coast Guard does not have any Super Hornets ether, much less 1000 lbs bombs. Oh well, have fun guys.

    • As I said, I think the US Coast Guard should round up some stray cats and let hungry stray cats deal with the Rat problem. At least were feeding the cats with Rats. The other option is take it far off shore and call for a life fire exercise. Offer the US Navy a chance to do gunnery practice on their 5″/54 caliber Mark 45 gun and for the US Coast Guard, now would be a good time to test their 5 7mm Gun to see if it works. The other option is to offer a the ship for a SINKEX for RIMPAC.

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