Armed Ferry Escort

GunboatI haven’t taken a Seattle ferry for several months, so today I was a little surprised to see an armed U.S. Coast Guard escort of the Bainbridge Island run. I imagine this is pretty regular stuff nowadays, but it still feels like a strange sight (just like seeing Army reservists standing guard with M16 rifles at an airport for the first time). Despite the presence of 24-hour news from a variety of sources, it’s fairly easy to forget the threat of terror on a day to day basis. That is, until two speedy boats with dual-mounted guns follow you. (Click on image to see a 15-second QuickTime movie.)

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