Skip to comments.These Are the Entirely Crappy Warships Iran Says Itís Sending to the U.S. Coast
Posted on 02/10/2014 12:43:31 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
A senior admiral of the Iranian navy said on Feb. 8 that Tehran is sending two warships near American waters in retaliation for U.S. naval deployments around Iran.
Irans military fleet is approaching the United States maritime borders, and this move has a message, Adm. Afshin Rezayee Haddad told Iranian state media, according to U.S. news reports.
Haddad called the deployment Irans response to Washingtons beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf.
Never mind that the U.S. Navy has actually reduced its forces in the Persian Gulf. Today the Navy has just one nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman, in the Gulf along with the amphibious assault ship Boxer. Two years ago the Americans had two carriers near Iran, but budget cuts ended that that practice.
Theyre pretty crappy ships by anybodys standards. Sabalan is a British-built Vosper Mk. V frigate launched in 1969, making her 45 years old today. Displacing just 1,500 tonsaround 15 percent the weight of the U.S. Navys Arleigh Burke-class destroyersSabalan has a crew of around 125 and is armed with four anti-ship missiles and some guns. A far cry from the 100 or so missiles that most American surface warships carry. . .
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The new sequel to “300” shows what happened the last time the Persians sent their fleet to hassle the West.
The real danger will be US Navy watch standers falling off the deck laughing.
Iran has test fired a sea-launched ballistic missile, according to classified U.S. intelligence reports, which could be used in a devastating stealth attack against the United States or Israel for which the United States has no known or planned defense.
The reports, which are well known to the White House but have not been disseminated to the appropriate Congressional committees, detailed the test-firing by Iran of a short-range surface-to-surface missile last spring from a barge in the Caspian Sea
The Iranians can just pull up a barge off the east coast and light off an EMP device, since about 1999.
Much like the fabled “Trojan Horse”, it’s not the outside, but what is inside that counts.
They’d have better luck using cruise ships, with food poisoning their weapon of choice.
A nation like Iran would only consider something like this b/c we have a weak sniveling boy in the WH surrounded by advisers of lesser character and stature then himself.
I don’t care what they look like. If they come anywhere near America, blow them out of the water.
All it really needs is one nuke and one Scud capable of elevating it to effective EMP altitude.
Maybe they would like to test their surface to surface missile intercept capability...Fish or cut bait you jagoffs...
Port call will be interesting as well. "Welcome to San Francisco, Achmed. Here are your tickets to the Folsom Street Fair. Say hello to the goat for me."
The article mocks the destroyer for being 45 years old. How old are the B-52s?
I think EMP’s have to be at altitude to do their major damage.
Maybe they’ll deploy dirty bombs or something?
How much altitude?
How much of an incident before we get Martial Law declared?
Old enough to wreak havoc on most targets....not so much the wore out destroyers. B-52 have the substructure to updated at will. Destroyers will eventually face the ire of constant salt water usage!!
Agreed. We need a Themistocles, and we have an Alfred E. Newman.
But forget the copters. Khargs real utility is her ability to refuel and resupply smaller ships such as Sabalan. Its doubtful the 29th Flotilla will make it very far across the Atlantic, but whatever distance it does achieve will be thanks to Khargs supplies.
Its for that reason that Kharg with her 250 sailors is among Irans busiest warships. In 2010, I sailed with the destroyer USS Donald Cook on a counter-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden. One quiet evening we ran into Kharg in international waters, presumably accompanying a destroyer or frigate that was somewhere over the horizon.
It would be a shame if it sank mysteriously.
It would be a shame if something were to “happen” to either ship while in transit.
/ mock sincerity
This idea of theirs to send these rust buckets is so ridiculous that it makes me wonder if there is more to it................?
The Kharg looks like on of those mass-production WW2 tankers.
They were formed in 1976 or so.
Well, the game probably isn’t worth the candle but I’m sure the Coast Guard will enjoy the practice.
Like a suicide mission of some sort?
This move by Iran’s navy has two audiences. First, the people of Iran and second, the Islamic world are targeted in that order. They could care less what we say.
Anyone know anything about salvage rights?
Something like The Mouse That Roared?
Of course there’s more to it.
On both sides of the Atlantic.
Look at how John Kerry and Obama have been bending over backwards for Iran.
http://www.iran.org/tib/krt/wt990505.htm The Iranians can just pull up a barge off the east coast and light off an EMP device, since about 1999....or simply pass off the device directly or indirectly while at open sea to another vessel for later deployment.
All together now...
"We will fight in a turquoise submarine, a turquoise submarine, a turquoise submarine..."
Considering Iran’s threats of attacking New York and their capabilities of producing nuclear material, I’d take the threat seriously. If they get to close, sink ‘em! Next?
And China seeing just how far Iran can push it.
A couple of nukes detonated about 140 miles above DC would wipe out its electrical for five to seven years.
We don’t have the industrial capacity to replace the generators and transformers anymore.
They aren’t stupid. Assuming they are is a mistake.
They better have a cracker jack missile defense system in place over the Eastern Seaboard.
We can laugh all we want.
It wouldn’t be so funny if one of these crappy little ships had a decent missile and nuclear warhead hidden in the hold.
Turquoise = Camouflage.
Everybody knows that. This way another sub won’t see them in the water.
“All it really needs is one nuke and one Scud capable of elevating it to effective EMP altitude.”
A Saturday night special is a poor firearm. But plenty of people have been killed by them. You can only laugh at the enemy after you have killed him. To do so before is hubris.
They’re sending two so they can take turn towing eachother back to port.
I think that's the real danger. We have far more to fear from merchant ships in U.S. harbors than from this current diversionary tactic.
There’s a couple classes of EMP - HEMP and SREMP.
HEMP is the classic high altitude EMP - the one that excites the ions/gamma rays in the miles-high atmosphere and really cooks things off over a wide line-of-sight area.
SREMP is Source Regional EMP which an area -effects EMP; from a few city block to a ‘metro’ area. SREMPS are direct effect, meaning the EMF they produce does the damage.
Won’t get into E1, E2 and E3, but only HEMP has all three. SREMP only two.
Both are bad news for those affected.
Oil burners for sure.
Muzzy’s don’t float
Sadly it takes two missiles to defeat the defense.
First explosion blinds the defense. Second one does the damage.
We all live in a turquoise submarine....a turquoise submarine
Knowing Muslims...how much explosive can they pack into that ship? What if they detonate it near a US warship?