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GREENPEACE THREATENS SUIT OVER VESSEL DAMAGE

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Greenpeace threatened to sue for compensation over damages stemming from the Navy's "premeditated attack" on its vessel trying to halt the successful test firing of a Trident 2 submarine missile.

The environmental and anti-nuclear group accused the Navy Tuesday of being "out of control" in the high seas confrontation Monday that left the Greenpeace boat with a gaping hole in its hull after being rammed.But the Pentagon brushed off the threatened suit and said the Navy was exercising its rights under international law to use the high seas for legal purposes.

There were no serious injuries. "The U.S. Navy conducted a premeditated attack in order to silence peaceful protests," said Peter Bahouth, executive director of Greenpeace USA.

"We're going to take legal action," Bahouth told a news conference. "The Navy will have to pay for damages."