Iran raised the prospect on Tuesday of sending military ships close to the United States' Atlantic coast, in what would be a major escalation of tensions between the long-standing adversaries.Arrogant SOB that I am, I was doing one of those rolling on the floor laughing demonstrations (which disrupted my workplace as you might guess).
"Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to American marine borders," the head of the Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to the official IRNA news agency.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Sayyari gave no details of when such a deployment could happen or the number or type of vessels to be used.
This "announcement" (propaganda piece) just gets better as I read various analyes (e.g. here) of the proposed venture to the new world, many of take a more excited tone than I can about a fifth rate naval power venturing across the seas.
More. Later. Maybe much later, when the great "Iranian Caribbean Fleet" gets underway.
*Surface Warfare Officer sense - sort of an ESP-like Spidey sense thingie
It will be interesting to see if/how USN "monitors" this ships movements. The Russians ued tattetales on us, how about that on Iranians. The bigger the tailing ship the better.ReplyDelete
I say we gather a group of former/retired SWO's rent a yacht (or even a rowboat) and challenge the Iran fleet to a race. If and when they reach our coast.ReplyDelete
On a (semi)serious note: tailing the Iranians is a task the LCS might be able to do. Maybe, if the winds are good.
Think of the money we'll save on SEPTAR and other training aids. Who says the Iranians wouldnever try to help us out in these times of tightened budgets. I'm guessing that all three major warfarfe communities will get lots of use out of this stunt.ReplyDelete
LCS? Well, maybe, once they get close to our EEZ, assuming one of them is able to get underway.