Iran to send warships to US

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  1. tankercaptain

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    Iran says warships sailing towards U.S.: agency
    DUBAI | Sat Feb 8, 2014 5:40pm EST
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    DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

    "Iran's military fleet is approaching the United States' maritime borders, and this move has a message," the agency quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying.

    Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy's northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via "waters near South Africa", Fars reported.

    Fars said the plan was part of "Iran's response to Washington's beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf."

    The Fars report, which carried no details of the vessels, could not be confirmed independently.

    In Washington, a U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, cast doubt on any claims that the Iranian ships were approaching U.S. maritime borders. But the official added that "ships are free to operate in international waters."

    The United States and its allies regularly stage naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to ensure freedom of navigation in the waterway through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports passes.

    U.S. military facilities in the region include a base for its Fifth Fleet in the Gulf Arab kingdom of Bahrain.

    Iran sees the Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence there.

    Iranian officials have often said Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, if it came under military attack over its disputed nuclear program, and the Western war games are seen in the region as an attempt to deter any such move.

    Fars said the Iranian navy had been developing its presence in international waters since 2010, regularly launching vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates operating in the area.

    (Reporting by William Maclean; Additional reporting by Phil Stewart in Washington; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Chris Reese)
     
  2. NorwichDad

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    I read about that. International waters which they have right to sail. Not really warships in the true sense of the word. They would disappear quickly if our government chose that route.
     
  3. tug_boat

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    Really....

    Never underestimate your enemy. I doubt they will have the LOGS support to make it back. I'll be on high alert in my tug boat with my .22lr Ruger locked and loaded. I can take an eye out at least.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  4. Jcleppe

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    I guess this means the Coast Guard will have to be ready to rescue them when they breakdown or can't make it back.
     
  5. NorwichDad

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    Your crew and boat is more seaworthy than anything from Iran!
     
  6. NorwichDad

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    They probably will ask the Coast Guard directions on how to get there. They may also want an escort so they dont get lost. We would probably give it to them.
    We had ships in the Great White Fleet 100 years ago better than anything they have. Maybe they will track some of our tests but they can probably get more info on that from Wilkipedia, Foxnews and CNN.
     
  7. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Wondering how long until someone says, "Awww, they're trying to imitate a globally capable navy. How cute!"
     
  8. EDelahanty

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    The Persian navy had a rough go of it at Salamis and hasn't had much to write home about since. This tour de farce is for internal consumption in Iran. If and when they make it back home, there will be great fanfare and merit badges galore will be awarded.

    A great scenario would be if they made port in Havana or Santo Domingo, gave the crew liberty, and the sailors shed their chaperones from the Committee for the Protection of Virtue.
     
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  9. kinnem

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    I'm hoping they summer there and then decide to defect to Cuba.
     
  10. goaliedad

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    Do I sense that they might get lost in the Bermuda Triangle? :spacecraft:
     
  11. kinnem

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    During hurricane season? It could happen....
     
  12. MemberLG

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    How about a supply ship or a port of call in west Africa than Cuba or Venezuela?

    We might find this somewhat funny, but I am sure there are folks that will use this as a justification to advocating buying a few more billion dollar ships for the U.S. Navy.
     
  13. JMS

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    This brings to mind the 1959 Peter Sellars movie "The Mouse that Roared."
     
  14. NorwichDad

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    Great Movie! Recently watched with my daughters another classic movie from that era. The Russians are coming, The Russians are coming. Great scene at the end where the armed men of New England island town and Soviet sub crew are about to fight it out when suddenly they pitch together to save a small boy.
     
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    "EEMergency Eemergency- Everybody to get from street!":wink:
     
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    The movie I thought of when I heard about the Iranian Navy trying to project power globally was Cool Runnings.... only without the great attitudes. :wink:
     
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