Iranian Navy enroute to US

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Iranian Navy enroute to US

I suppose this should probably concern me more that it does, but for now anyway, it just sort of makes me amused:

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.

[T]he Associated Press reported that the fleet, consists of a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship, and they began their voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. The ships, carrying some 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews, are on a three-month mission.

Lest anyone run to their underground bunker, apparently it doesn't pose much of a threat.

Iranian warships headed to the U.S. coast pose little danger to the USA, but could be a dry run for the future, according to former U.S. officials.

The ships pose almost no danger because “they have no capability whatsoever,” said Gary Samore, a former adviser to President Obama on arms control, prevention of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.

John Bolton points out that this could be bad in the future:

The Iranian naval mission shows the danger Iran would pose if it possessed nuclear weapons, says John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush and an arms negotiator during the Cold War.

“It shows they could put a weapon on a boat or freighter, and if (Iran) has ballistic missiles it could put it anywhere on the U.S. coast,” Bolton said. “Down the road it could be a threat.”

The saber-rattling might concern me more if the threat was credible.  Either way, it is somewhat troubling in the long term.


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They're unwelcome, but legally navigating. The Naval equivalent of two rowboats for now, but still...

I can't stop laughing. But then, our Navy could use some target practice. And, if it is their Northern Fleet, coming all the way from Iran, their arms must be getting awful tired by now.

I think we should be viewing them the same way we view the Libyan Navy - through a sonar scope on the bottom of the ocean...

Iran is like the barky little dog...eventually it'll have to be put down before it actually hurts someone.

Dear Commander:
I think they should be dealt with just as any other country would deal with such a situation with trespassers into their territorial waters, in a situation such as this where we do not know the intentions of these warships we can not leave anything to chance.
It is a shame but in times like this we can not be to careful and leave anything to chance.

Yours for God and Country
Frank P"a disabled Korean War Vet"Calderon

That is a good looking ship My question is where are they going to refuel or is this a one way trip
because I think those cadets will want to go home to mama

That's an Alvand-class frigate, built in England, I think. Wouldn't be hard to refuel. They have two diesel engines for cruise speed (about 15 knots) and two plain vanilla gas turbines for speed runs (about 40 knots), so no exotic fuel involved. They can cruise around 5000 miles on full tanks, so if they don't loiter very long, they might get back to friendly waters without refuel.

I seriously doubt the Brits would sell warships to Iran. Without going to Jane's Ships, I believe these are to new to have been bought by the Sha. Although I wouldn't put it past the Russkies or the god damn French to sell them something. French Corvettes have a Frigate like silhouette. jd

Iran's Navy is a big of our Destroyers would take them out in minutes, if it came to that.....good training for our guys in following them and exercising our rights in targeting......

It all looks so openly harmless and innocent, full of kids, and possibly a nuke. Sniff it carefully before you let it get within any kind of proximity of anything. It wouldn't surprise me if this were an Iranian false flag or Trojan horse, just begging for an international incident. It also wouldn't surprise me if someone we know invites them in as a sign of good will, diplomacy... and disaster. This is a no-win event.

This will be treated just like this President has treated all of the ILLEGALS coming across our Mexican border. He will welcome them with open arms. He has and is degrading our navy to the point that we also will be rowing out to meet them.

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