Skip to comments.Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea
Posted on 06/19/2010 6:44:15 AM PDT by jhpigott
Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports.
By Jack Khoury
More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.
According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.
The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.
According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years, Al-Quds reported.
Egyptian opposition members have criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the ships' passage through Egyptian territorial waters.
They said they viewed the event as Egyptian participation in an international scandal, and added that the opposition would not sit with its arms crossed while the country allowed a fleet of U.S. and Israeli military ships to cross.
(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...
I would love to visit the Holy Land - once we have adults back in charge of foreign policy and things calm down again.
I'm sorry to hear this. We visited her numerous times over the years, but haven't been there recently. Is she owned by the Seaport Museum?
Can recall the USS Missouri transiting the Suez prior to the Gulf War. Was assigned to a US Embassy along route when in the Army. The message traffic kept me busy sending and receiving flash and immediate messages.
The French government was not helpful providing “logistics support”.
There are missile batteries along the route.
Was involved in the resupply of a carrier transiting the Suez in the early 90’s.
Oh how that just breaks my heart. /s
Okay Turkey, your move.
Egypt knows which side it’s bread is buttered on.
I am having a hard time who gave the direct orders for this. It’s almost impossible for me to think Il Douche’ Jr. signed off on it.
Totally agree. There are some very high tech weapons systems aboard the Missouri; our guide stated that she is kept at a "certain state of readiness" whereby she could actually be deployed for battle very quickly. This is not a mothballed ship in the traditional sense. Her engines, systems and guns are ready to go....
correction the battleship was the USS Wisconsin, not the USS Missouri.
Hope you got to also tour the USS Bowfin museum and sub....too bad it’s overlooked by most visitors to Pearl; literally just across the parking lot.
This is very sad. I had no idea she was in such poor condition. I wonder what the new strategic direction of the museum is that it is ready to abandon the Olympia. I hope the Becuna isn’t next.
Yes. We had to wait for the boat taking us to the Arizona memorial so the Bowfin and related submarine memorials were part of our day.
The circles of stones, one inside the other, each with the name of a lost boat, with the names of the lost crew, were very moving.
One thing I didn’t expect was the US navy officer’s uniform. Black pants, tan shirt and Army style garrison hat...I thought the guy was a Marine.
Has to be the Harry S. Truman, as its in the Mediterranean, recently left Marseille, France.
There are no locks of the Suez. Unlike the Panama Canal, it’s a sea-level canal.
I had no idea . . . we visited the Yorktown over 20 years ago. She was an impressive sight. I can imagine maintenance is expensive, and if it’s been neglected, this is a bad time to find funding to play catch up.
Does this not speak for the creation of a class of nuclear powered gunships, armed with heavy guns and advanced missile capability?
Such a vessel would have meaningful value in the kind of conflicts we are now finding ourselves involved in. A "portable" artillery base...
I can see how the neglect would set in. It’s really a shame, because these ships are very educational for all ages, and a piece of our history which would be a shame to lose.
I was reluctant to say who it was ... OpSec ...
My boy apparantly just left the Mediterranean via the Suez.
Makes perfect sense. Thanks.
You never know what the future holds - just go, you won’t regret it.
Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers, according to the British-based Arabic language newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi.
One day prior to the report on Saturday, Voice of Israel government radio reported that the Egyptian government denied an Israeli request not to allow the Iranian flotilla to use the Suez Canal to reach Gaza, in violation of the Israeli sea embargo on the Hamas-controlled area.
International agreements require Egypt to keep the Suez open even for warships, but the armada, led by the USS Truman with 5,000 sailors and marines, was the largest in years. Egypt closed the canal to fishing and other boats as the armada moved through the strategic passageway that connects the Red and Mediterranean Seas.
Despite Egypts reported refusal to block the canal to Iranian boats, the clearance for the American-Israeli fleet may be a warning to Iran it may face military opposition if the Iranian Red Crescent ship continues on course to Gaza.
The warships may exercise the right to inspect the Iranian boat for the illegal transport or weapons. Newsweek reported that Egyptian authorities could stop the ship for weeks, using technicalities such as requiring that any official documents be translated from Farsi into Arabic.
The magazines website also reported that the Iranian navy is the weakest part of its armed forces. Tehran has already backed down from announced intentions to escort the Iranian ships with "volunteer marines from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
So a flotilla of ships leaving the Gulf of Aden and entering the Red Sea are ‘approaching’ Gaza? I guess.
Maybe ships leaving Norfolk are ‘approaching’ N. Korea?
What’s the point of ships passing into the Red Sea from the Med, if the flotilla ‘approachin’ Gaza actually IS approaching Gaza?
Maybe Iran expressed its intention that the destination of the flotilla IS Gaza, ergo passage through Suez will be necessary (which Egypt stated it would not prohibit). To head this event off, a fleet of U.S. / Israeli vessels are headed into the Red Sea for a showdown.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Wow!....and.. Wow!...... That’s the best news reel video I’ve ever seen of the signing of the Japanes Surrender. I did not realize so many other countries were also represented and signed these documents. Awesome to see and hear this!.....Clarity is excellant!... Thank you for posting it.
Better to board them search them and in the middle of the Indian Ocean than allow them into the Mediterranean. At least, that’s my guess.
You don’t know about the Iranian Guard flotilla to Gaza?
Sounds like Netanyahu has put the smack down on Hussein Obama. Either you get in the fight or get out of the way. Israel will act and act decisively should the USA balk or fail to act.
I sincerely hope they can find the money to move the Texas to a dry berth; she is the only World War I-era dreadnought still in existence and worthy of preservation. USS Texas is literally the last link to the “dawn” of the battleship era.
Things may have changed since the article was originally published, but Haaretz appears to have used a stock photo and identified it with the phrase "A U.S. warship."
A warship can cover a wide variety of ships. Whatever kinds of ships crossed through the canal, you can bet that they caused Hamas to collectively soil their robes.
Maybe it'd sound more believable if they were rounding the Cape Horn? Not.
Same here with this flotilla. IF the U.S. / Israeli flotilla moving through the Suez has anything to do with the Iranian flotilla, then there's no way the Iranian flotilla can be doing anything but being headed towards, or having the mission of supply to, Gaza.
The scenario just plain didn't make any sense whatsoever, in that I read 'approaching' and I thought these guys are 10 miles off shore. Well, that'd put 'em in the Mediteranean somewhere, right? So what point would there be for the U.S. / Israeli flotilla moving from the Med. through the Suez into the Red Sea? Its just plain bad tactics to interdict forces by moving away from them.
Maybe I'm just splitin' metaphors, or mixing infinitives or sumpin', but destination of, headed towards, Gaza (present location in Gulf of Arden - if that's where they are) makes sense. But 'approaching' Gaza when they're crossing through the Straights of Hormuz (if that's what they're doing), is akin to me 'approaching' the summit of Mt. Everest when I walk to my car.
Maybe English isn't the writer's first language, so such nuance escaped them. Or perhaps its just a typical lib reporter that can typically be outdone by any 5th grader writing for their school newspaper.
No 'smack-down' here; our interests are aligned here (most likely on several levels). Israel has an interest to enforce the blockade of Gaza, the U.S. wants to show muscle against Iran (and that suits Israel too - given Achmedinnerjackets propensity to spew diatribes of wiping Israel off the face of the Earth).
Who knows, perhaps the allied flotilla has nothing to do with anything, and they're merely on a humanitarian supply mission to forces combatting the Somalian jolly rogers. Or they're on an escort mission for the Israeli's delivering a pizza to somebody in Oman and the Iranian flotilla merely gets in their way. Hey it could happen, didn't the Boy King order pizza from out of state and flown in on AF1?
It isn’t that unusual at all, you’re right. But since the original high “woo-woo” report came from Haaretz news it is useful to the Iraelis to keep the Iranians on edge.
Loose lips still sink ships. Shhhhhh.............
Why can't Netanyahu indict and extradite Obama for aiding and abetting the enemy?
More likely the Saudis have been asking him to hit Iran since Iran is at war with them.
The Lib Media don't have a clue...
I heard the battleships were armed with AK-47s!
hedging my bets until Debka weighs in..
Another place that stands out is Gettysburg. Again, with my parents, we visited the museum (the one that rotates around you). First of all, the canons firing and the gun shots, yelling and noise are played at the volume you would have heard during the battle. Then you hear the screams and imagine the death and dying. Then you leave and walk the battleground and just about water it with your tears. Our lives have been so blessed and others have given so much. My heart and my soul are laid bare by those visits taken on lazy, hazy days of summer with the two people I adored most in life. Good parents, good friends, good mentors and no truer examples of what parents should be. I think I’d have happily gone with them to watch paint dry, but they chose things that would build my character, instead.
I’m sure the soldiers appreciated having the Marines on their flank and I’m sure they gave them air support as well. The Marines are bad asses! (I’m a former soldier just for the record.)
I think that Israel has told the US it is an either-or proposition: Either the US acts with convenional military means, which we have more of and more access to, or they will act more decisively, meaning exercising the nuclear option, which they have already positioned in the Persian Gulf...nuclear-tipped missles launched from Israeli submarines in the Gulf.
That would be a smack-down for an inept and inexperienced Obama and real leadership, which we don’t have in the White House, but Israel has in Netanyahu.
You’re right - the Cyclorama at Gettysburg is quite amazing. We’ve been out there several times with our boys, either as a family or with their Scout troop. It is a humbling experience.
U.S. ships may be heading for Yemen before the $#!t totally hits the fan there. I don’t know about the Israelis but there might be some illicit Iranian weapons shipments headed the other way, and they’re out to intercept or deter them.
We got Battleships?!!