“Fire two rounds,” orders Capt. Brad Lima. A group of Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets shoot, aiming at cardboard targets on the campus range.
It’s not combat for which they’re training – it’s defense against piracy.
Students at the Academy are now being taught how to use handguns for the first time in the century-long history of the school because of the record number of pirate attacks, 293 of them, around the world last year. The 9mm guns are on loan from the Bourne Police Department.
Rear Admiral Richard Gurnon, MMA President, says, “This is just a small piece of the 4-year baccalaureate degree-granting program that we offer here, but the backbone to all of it is safety.”
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