Skip to comments.Iran Is Readying A 'Nightmare Scenario' For The US Navy
Posted on 07/27/2012 1:11:47 PM PDT by Dysart
It's getting easy to overlook the tired rhetoric and hollow tension surrounding Iran, the U.S. and Israel.
It's been months, and months since the back-and-forth began. First, Iran's shutting the Strait of Hormuz, then its saying it'd never shut the strait. Then Israel's planning a solo attack. No, they're not.
It's frustrating, but that doesn't mean the situation couldn't turn ugly at the drop of a hat.
Joby Warick at The Washington Post reports improved Iranian weapons and an enhanced plan of attack could nail the U.S. fleet parked in the Gulf and there may be little Navy officials can do about it.
From The Post:
[Iran's] emerging strategy relies not only on mobile missile launchers but also on new mini-submarines, helicopters and hundreds of heavily armed small boats known as fast-attack craft. These highly maneuverable small boats, some barely as long as a subway car, have become a cornerstone of Irans strategy for defending the gulf against a much larger adversary. The vessels can rapidly deploy Irans estimated 2,000 anti-ship mines or mass in groups to strike large warships from multiple sides at once, like a cloud of wasps attacking much larger prey.
This is the scenario that is giving people nightmares, said [an] official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in discussing strategy for defending against a possible Iranian attack.
We recently wrote on one strategy for thwarting a multi-pronged attack against a naval task force, but Raytheon's new system isn't up for handling the hundreds of heavily armed small boats officials believe Iran would send against the U.S. fleet.
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...
Iran said to have hundreds of these babies ready to attack in waves
I’d be interested to know where those boys are planning on hiding once they try it.
Isn't that similar to what Sadam Hussein and Osama said?
Do it so we can send their technology level back to the 7th century.
“there may be little Navy officials can do about it”
Somehow I doubt it.
U.S. said to know exactly where all of them are stored.
Attack aircraft carry thousands of rounds of ammo. Lil' boats ought to blow up reeeeal good.
I guess we're in trouble now.
Hey, an online publication's got to get pageviews.
Is a carrier going to disappear under an Iranian mushroom?
The meat of this article is that we learn that subway cars are a tad longer than the Iranian Navy gun boats. It gives the unwashed ignorati a true perspective of the danger
... and here is Saddam’s “Victory over America Palace”...
Point taken. Somehow I don't think any ship Captains are dismissing the threats entirely. That's a lot easier for us. Not sure how a big ship would counter them other than maintaining adequate distance at all times. They only have to be lucky once if they're packed with explosives.
Unless Iran is only sending 11 boats, that RAM system might be a tad under-gunned.
Don’t worry. We’ll make more.
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