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Before we went on our recent cruise, someone posted on this forum info about a Long Range Acoustic Device used on cruise ships and naval vessels. Sure enough, there it was on the Pacific Sun. It is put out near the front of the ship in every port. Here is a photo of it with the cover off.

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I say old chap, approx 2 years ago a HAL captain had to use that device to thwart actuall pirates who were trying to board the ship at sea. I say Livingston, they were thwarted immediated. Apparently the ears /eyes are greatly affected by this weapon. Good on you mate...

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Before we went on our recent cruise, someone posted on this forum info about a Long Range Acoustic Device used on cruise ships and naval vessels. Sure enough, there it was on the Pacific Sun. It is put out near the front of the ship in every port. Here is a photo of it with the cover off.

Since a Silverseas cruise ship was successfully defended from pirates off the Somalian Coast a couple of years ago, they have become mandatory on all cruise ships.

 

Their mandatory use was confirmed by a cruise ship insider while we were looking at the "death ray" on QE2 a few weeks ago.

 

Is more than ears and eyes too. It renders the recipient totally helpless and unable to think or respond while being struck by the ray.

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What exactly is this Long Range Acoustic Device?

 

What does it do?

 

Thanks :)

It sends out a beam of sound, concentrated on the spot it is pointed at. As Geoff has said, at the target spot, the sound is so intense it totally incapacitates people. I have heard that it has been used at least twice by cruise ships. One was off the coast of Somalia 6 or 7 years ago, and the other one was much more recent (last year was mentioned). You can read about it on Google.

 

We were very interested to see this device on the ship. As we were coming into Sydney it was put in place by security staff after the Sun passed through the heads.:):)

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What exactly is this Long Range Acoustic Device?

 

What does it do?

 

Thanks :)

 

It's called an LRAD. As well as the functions already described by other posters, it has a more peaceful use: You can use it to direct instructions to a perseon several hundred metres away. Outside the beam, the sound can't be heard, but within the beam, you can hear whatever the person onboard decides to transmit.

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Do all ships have one?

 

I have heard that all cruise ships have them now. The insurance companies insisted on it since the Somalian attack. They are usually covered up, and only manned while in port to enforce the security zone around the ship.

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