disabling fire

disabling fire

The firing of ordnance by ships or aircraft at the steering or propulsion system of a vessel. The intent is to disable with minimum injury to personnel or damage to vessel.
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We quickly received permission to engage the drug smuggler with warning shos and disabling fire.
AUF combines Navy helicopters with US Coast Guard airborne controllers and gunners to use warning shots and disabling fire to stop drug trafficking speed boats.
THE Birmingham coroner has warned about the dangers of deliberately disabling fire detectors following the death of a man in a city tower block.
It wasn't a disabling fire and had it been discovered while the vessel was at sea it could have continued under its own power to the nearest port.
The crew is armed with M-16 rifles for warning shots, 9 mm side arms and 12-gauge shotguns with slugs for disabling fire and non-lethal ordnance.