Retired Navy Admiral Concerned About Terrorists Attacking Cruise Liners

By ,   July 1, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

cruise ship terrorismRetired Navy Admiral James Stavridis revealed that one of the most "lucrative" targets which terrorists could potentially attack is cruise liners with little in the way of defenses.

James Stavridis, who retired from the Navy as supreme allied commander in Europe, gave a cruise ship example as one of a couple of scenarios having him "very concerned".

Though he was mostly focused on emerging sea power on display from China and Russia, Stavridis warned that terrorists could move weapons of mass destruction on container vessels, or attack cruise ships, which typically carry more than 5,000 passengers.

Such an attack on a cruise liner, with thousands of passengers aboard a vessel with little escape, would be devastating. In order to counter such a threat, James Stavridis shared he hoped that the US could work with Russia and China, as it does for counter-piracy operations in East Africa.