Skip to comments.US, Iranian ships involved in incidents in Strait of Hormuz
Posted on 01/13/2012 6:51:45 PM PST by Hunton Peck
Iranian ships recently taunted two U.S. Navy vessels as part of escalating tensions in and around the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz.
The incidents in the strait, one of the world's most important oil routes, occurred last week and involved the USS New Orleans, an amphibious transport dock, and the Coast Guard Cutter Adak, the military said Friday in releasing videos of the incidents.
Iranian speed boats are seen in one of the videos approaching the USS New Orleans within about 500 yards last Friday.
"The Iranian boats did not respond to whistle signal or voice queries from the New Orleans, disregarding standard maritime protocols," Central Command said in releasing the videos. In the incident involving the Adak, "communications were established with a larger Iranian ship operating in the area and the speed boats ceased their harassment."
One senior defense official told FoxNews.com that the Iranians "intended to be harassing" but it didn't go much beyond that. No shots were fired.
Iran, which recently held war games in the area, has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz if provoked, and it has warned U.S. Navy ships to steer clear.
The rising tensions coincide with increased pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, which the West fears is merely a front for Iran's clandestine work on developing nuclear weapons.
Diplomats said Thursday that a senior U.N. nuclear agency team will visit Tehran on Jan. 28, with Iran saying it is ready after years of refusal to discuss allegations that it was involved in secret nuclear weapons work.
Diplomats have previously said that International Atomic Energy Agency officials were discussing such a trip with their Iranian counterparts. But before the diplomats' comments Thursday, no date...
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Well, if they capture any of our sailors I just hope none of them bawls when they take away his iPod like those Brits did.
Which one was Iran’s flagship?
I guess they think Allah will save their mosquito like navy from the wrath of the US Navy.
Soon we will have three carrier groups and who knows how many nuclear subs in the area ... what are they going to do ... pray their way out of this situation?
I just hope the jerk in the white house has some balls when it comes to our military....
They are banking their entire future on the fact that Obama is weak.
The last time they tried this trick I noticed that the pilots of these speed boats wore life preservers. They were not ready to met allah.
I guess we allow provocative runs on our ships until 400 yards out?
And at 500 yards, they are well within range.
Probably a practice run.
awww... isn’t that cute?
They are banking their entire future on the fact that Obama is weak.....and a fellow-raghead.
No, we have a wanna be boy king at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. who's friend is Iamanutjob. I hate to say this, but the U.S. Navy will probably stand down.
Seems like the fortunes of our country are heading south...
I know the CO of the Adak very well, and he won’t be crying, let me tell you.
I do hope the fact that we have made USCG the tip of the spear doesn’t mean that USN doesn’t have their back.
I think the only way he will stand up for the military is if he doesn’t that will kill him at election time...even Clinton knew that, but all he did was hit a camel in the butt with a multimillion dollar missle...and hit an aspirin factory that the US had to pay for...A for effort E for results...
Seems to me this is what's going down.....
"Call to rescue another lot of Iranian "fisherman" followed by a big bang......fishing boat, Iranian suiciders and some USA Navy all blown to smithereens.
Tis a good bet on their part. The Messiah is weak and sympathizes with other enemies of America.
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