Bowditch had stopped in the water to pick up two underwater drones. At that point a Chinese naval ship that had been shadowing the Bowditch put a small boat into the water. That small boat came up alongside and the Chinese crew took one of the drones.I know that the Bowditch is a naval research vessel, but it doesn't have a Ma-Deuce on board? I think that riddling a "small boat" engaged in piracy should be a simple task. A couple of belts of "combat mix" would probably leave a small boat settling in the water. Probably listing badly.
Oh, wait, this is Obama's response we're talking about.
Trumps SecNav should issue a general order as soon as possible. "Sink all pirate vessels without hesitation." If we want to send a message, sinking a few "small boats" would do just fine.
But that's just me. I'm not a sailor-man.