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US Beefing Sea And Land Forces To Counter Iran In Persian Gulf
Indian Express ^ | February 25, 2012

Posted on 02/25/2012 5:12:49 AM PST by Strategy

The US has begun beefing up its sea- and land-based defences in the Persian Gulf to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz.

The American forces are also modifying weapons systems on warships so they could be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, as well as short-launched cruise missiles, the Wall Street Journal reported quoting US defence officials said.

The paper said Pentagon had notified Congress of plans to pre-position new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, through which 20 percent of world's oil supply passes.

(Excerpt) Read more at indianexpress.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: iran; islam; israel; middleeast; navy; straitofhormuz

1 posted on 02/25/2012 5:12:52 AM PST by Strategy
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To: Strategy

If they could get some helo carriers and some Army guys to fly Apaches off of them, they could make quick work of Iranian patrol boats long before they got close to a US Navy warship.


2 posted on 02/25/2012 5:17:01 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

Don’t you think that the NAVY doesn’t already have those helicopters at the ready? Just because there not in view doesn’t mean they are not there. (take it from an old Navy guy).


3 posted on 02/25/2012 5:22:29 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Strategy

I hate to be the one to mention this, but the horse is already out of the corral.

Once Mr achmadinnerjacket gets the operational nuke, I’m betting the straits will be off limits to a certain countries war ships, or else.

Wonder just how long Israel will wait, till she is forced to react?


4 posted on 02/25/2012 5:22:34 AM PST by wita
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To: Progov

Oh I certainly hope so. I just didn’t know if they were carrying the firepower of an AH-64. One of my friends has been flying them for many years. He definitely knows his stuff.


5 posted on 02/25/2012 5:27:22 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Strategy

Some Warthogs would be ideal.


6 posted on 02/25/2012 5:41:11 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Strategy
Obama and his wrecking crew are doing much to embolden Iran and Syria to attack Israel. The blood of Israel will be on Obama if he doesn't wake up soon.
7 posted on 02/25/2012 5:47:11 AM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Strategy

February 24, 2012, - 3:27 pm

OUTRAGE: Navy SEALs Movie’s Terrorist is . . . JEWISH (Tortures, Murders CIA Agents, Smuggles Jihadists into U.S.)

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s official: “Act of Valor” is anti-Semitic tripe wrapped in the American flag with a Navy SEAL cherry on top. The movie, which debuts in theaters today, goes to great pains to tell you that the largest terrorist plot against America is perpetrated by a Jew.

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/47577/outrage-navy-seals-movies-terrorist-is-jewish-tortures-murders-cia-agents-smuggles-jihadists-into-u-s/


8 posted on 02/25/2012 7:14:45 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Strategy

It must be getting close to an election for mac daddy, he wants people to believe that he give a sh*t about America and that he has a set of ba**s.


9 posted on 02/25/2012 7:16:59 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
...modifying weapons systems on warships so they could be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, as well as short-launched cruise missiles... plans to pre-position new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities...
Thanks Strategy.
10 posted on 02/25/2012 7:20:27 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Strategy

I wonder if this is going to be another Wag the Dog situation like Bubba had.


11 posted on 02/25/2012 7:33:19 AM PST by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: F15Eagle
If they could get some helo carriers and some Army guys to fly Apaches off of them

No need. The Marines flying their AH-1Zs and AV-8Bs embarked upon Makin Island with HMM-268, which is already in the Persian Gulf, won't have any trouble dispatching those Iranians for their rendezvous with muhammad.

12 posted on 02/25/2012 8:10:57 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: F15Eagle

I have always been a Cobra fan... wish they would update that one. Apaches look fierce loaded down though. I guess they all do with enough armament.


13 posted on 02/25/2012 8:24:07 AM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: Strategy

Unknown to most people the military has its hands tied by the current administration. There will be no attack on Iran and Israel will be told to negotiate or have their funding cut.


14 posted on 02/25/2012 9:25:54 AM PST by mulder1 ("The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.")
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To: Strategy
Let's see . . . we have a Kenyan-born, Muslim-educated, Marxist-indoctrinated POTUS as C-in-C against the Muslim mullahs and President Ahmadinejad of Iran. What could possibly go wrong for American forces? /sarc/
15 posted on 02/25/2012 9:43:19 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

Qom - Uranium enrichment plant

IAEA says work started on Qom site earlier than Iran suggests In January 2012, Iran said it had begun uranium enrichment at the heavily fortified site of Fordo near the holy city of Qom.

It had revealed the existence of the facility, about 30km (20 miles) north of the city, in September 2009.


16 posted on 02/25/2012 10:48:27 AM PST by mulder1 ("The past is prologue.")
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To: momincombatboots

My buddy was a Cobra jockey before he became an expert in the Apache.


17 posted on 02/25/2012 12:20:53 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Excellent


18 posted on 02/25/2012 12:22:07 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Strategy

On February 5, 2012, President Obama invoked the NDAA, which authorizes the use of military force, and issues an executive order declaring the “threat” of Iran a National Emergency.


19 posted on 02/26/2012 7:51:40 AM PST by mulder1 ("The past is prologue.")
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To: Strategy

I’m sure all of his supporters will be yelling NO WAR FOR OIL!


20 posted on 02/26/2012 8:13:28 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: F15Eagle; All
Folks, all these naval vessels now have (2)Mk242 Bushmaster 25mm cannons, a Mk45 5inch automatic gun, CIWS and .50cal Machine Gun mounts.

They don't need air power for protection from small boats unless the number is very, very high.

It's kinda like Saturday morning target practice:)

21 posted on 02/26/2012 10:07:03 AM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

And hopefully they don’t have to follow the rules used elsewhere to only fire if fired upon first. How long does one wait as they are speeding to you but not firing - with their intention of ramming you and setting off a kamikaze style bomb?

Hopefully warning shots at the range of 1000 yards and shoot to kill at 700 yards or whatever.


22 posted on 02/26/2012 10:12:40 AM PST by 21twelve
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To: Strategy
Ah HAH ! so this is why gas prices are up ....

Time for Obama to throw another party, he just loves it when things arent going well for Post Capitalist America

23 posted on 02/26/2012 11:29:26 AM PST by KTM rider
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To: Mariner

I didn’t think the CIWS can angle downwards that much for surface targets. Either way, I’d sure hate to be on the receiving end of one of those (ouch).


24 posted on 02/26/2012 11:45:01 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Strategy

To keep freight and commuting fuel from going up, our debt regime tries to bait a straw man and avoid its obligations to the defenses of its own country and those of its real allies. The real economy here...? Consumption down from around 20 million barrels per day to around 19 now, although the needed layoffs haven’t arrived for government teachers, regulators and other social-social robbers, yet. Have fun. Enjoy the slide.


25 posted on 02/26/2012 11:58:59 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: F15Eagle

Is there such a thing as helo carriers? That’s an amazing concept. Landings easier, less deck space required, more versatile than fast movers.


26 posted on 02/26/2012 2:51:48 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5
oh yeah, definitely


27 posted on 02/26/2012 3:49:17 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

Amazing. Israel could make one of those. Since there’s no need for a runway and landing strip, it can be shorter and more maneuverable, use less material, require less power. If we don’t have them yet, we better get them yesterday. This can be used for invading Iran! You just made my week. Thanks.


28 posted on 02/26/2012 4:40:42 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5
"If we don’t have them yet, we better get them yesterday."

That is a photo of an American LHA. Their purpose is to transport about 2000 Marines to a conflict. We've had amphibious assault platforms (helo carriers) for decades. My first ship back in 1976 was an LPH - the predecessor to the LHA.

29 posted on 02/27/2012 10:11:14 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Eleutheria5

Oops, that’s actually a LHD - newer than a LHA, but same mission.


30 posted on 02/27/2012 10:21:36 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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