7 Iranian boats came after U.S. patrol ship in the Gulf, official

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U.S. coastal patrol ship FIREBOAT faced seven Iranian Republican Guard Corps Navy fast in-shore attack craft before swerving to avoid crashing into one on Sunday
U.S. coastal patrol ship FIREBOAT faced seven Iranian Republican Guard Corps Navy fast in-shore attack craft before swerving to avoid crashing into one on Sunday
A U.S. coastal patrol ship faced seven Iranian Republican Guard Corps Navy fast in-shore attack craft before swerving to avoid crashing into one on Sunday, according to a 5th Fleet spokesman.

The incident is the latest in a series of interactions the Navy has called “dangerous and unprofessional” in a year that has seen more run-ins between U.S. and Iranian ships than in recent memory. Iranian vessels harassed destroyers and PCs in four incidents in late August, resulting in warning shots in one case.

“The Iranians’ unsafe maneuvers near a United States ship operating in accordance with international law while transiting in international waters created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation including additional defensive measures by Firebolt.”

The IRGCN boats approached Firebolt in the middle of the Persian Gulf on Sunday. Three peeled off and shadowed the PC from about 500 yards away for about eight minutes before turning and leaving the area, Cmdr. Bill Urban told Navy Times on Tuesday

One of the remaining four FIACs in the area then turned and stopped directly in Firebolt’s path.

“This situation presented a drastically increased risk of collision, and Firebolt then maneuvered to narrowly avoid the FIAC at a range of 100 yards before departing the area.”

Firebolt tried to get the boats on the radio three times but there was no response. The crew-served weapons on deck were uncovered and manned but untrained according to accounts, he added.

Though the situation did not escalate, it’s the kind that the Navy would have reported to the State Department with a request for a message of protest, if the U.S. and Iran had an official diplomatic relationship.

One expert told Navy Times in August that Iran’s harassment is likely to come from a lower-level commander trying to show off, who has little regard for the United States’ rights to operate in international waters.

“This is the 31st unsafe and/or unprofessional interaction of 2016, but it would concern to us if it was just one,” Urban said. Every unsafe interaction brings a risk of escalation or miscalculation.” ]

NAVY TIMES

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119 responses to “7 Iranian boats came after U.S. patrol ship in the Gulf, official”

  1. A show of force…..

    1. “A show of force.” is what the US needs to do. The Iranians show of force of swarming with small speed boats is pathetic to say the lease.

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar

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        1. Yes you are correct, at one time Iran had more territory, maybe they should push Russia for the land they lost to them. The ME has changed hands many times in the last 2000 years and many countries were much bigger than they are now. Iran is no exception, but does not mean they can change the current arrangement right now. I do hope Iran fires on a US ship because they have been pushing for more war for along time and I hope they get it and a bunch of those little speed boats blown to bits.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Seems ‘some’ are trying to change it “right now”.

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Not in the last 2,000 years, after WW1, when British and France invaded the Middle East.

        2. They forgot Lebanon and Syria 😉 I am offended…

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Lebanon and Syria are 7,000 year old (land of Canaan)

            The only fertile crescent country the British & Zionist changed the name was Mesopotamia (Iraq), in 1918 came the Balfour thieves declaration. Churchill didn’t own Palestine.

        3. Armenia was founded by Britain in 2,650 B.C. How cute. 🙂

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (can’t read a map either …. hmmmm …. Purple is not covered by explanatory words..)

          2. The sad thing about old farts is not that they can or can’t read. It’s that they can’t shut up. Have you ever sat next to one waiting for a doctor’s appointment? 🙂

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Sure … with Universal Health Care, we have like a club that meets with some regularity, and we all understand real life, and generally agree with each other – being open to honesty.Watching you kids, we also generally realize we lived too long.

  2. Lying Westerner-MSM version told. Now, let’s hear the Iranian version.

    1. Hurry and go find the Iranian version. Still waiting.

      1. Don’t hold your breath, or do – it won’t come up here on YaLibnan.

        1. Okay then deal with the YaLibnon version.

          1. Is YaLibnan the whole internet? I guess to you, it is.

          2. Sure isn’t, you you the the Hind Quarter haven’t found anything else.

          3. They holding hard to YaLibnan because other sites with equal ideology are owned by White Power nazis, and those hate arabs too!

          4. What he is saying is that
            there is always TEN sides to a story and he picks the one that suits him.

          5. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Just like you and hasbara friends.

          6. You can better than that sweetheart. Haven’t found a joooo to fault yet?

          7. I have friends darl.

          8. No, hasbara troll pretending to be Lebanese. What I am saying is that there is a US version where they are never wrong and there is the other version.

    2. The Iranians are compulsive liars and spin-doctors, plus they are a little slow when it comes to formulating their stories.
      All I see here are more unprofessional Iranians looking for a hurting, but will not fire the first shot.
      Do it Do it Do it.
      PS I checked several Iranian mullah controlled news sites and nothing but the typical lies. I can’t believe you support these fvckers.

      1. You confirmed what I said to you in a previous: your “observation of Islam” is resumed to criticizing Iran without a word on the Wahhabi Gulf.

        I respect all religions equally (Wahhabism and Zionism are not religions). My pro-Hezbollah/Iran stance is geo-political, not religious.

        1. Sorry I did not see where the Arabs were harassing the US war ships with unprofessional tactics and taunting for war with little speed boats? Can you find that part for me in this article? I seem to have missed it

          1. Arab = a member of a Semitic people, originally from the Arabian peninsula and neighboring territories, inhabiting much of the Middle East and North Africa.

            Which Arabs? Can’t you designate who you talk about or are you just retarded?

            The US-Zionist controlled MSM has a long, proven record of lies and propaganda – and thus, I’ll wait to hear more on the incident. Most of all, relying solely on an article regurgitated here on YaLibnan is foolish.

          2. You are so full of shiite.

          3. Didn’t you just write: “All you have is insults so kindly go fvck yourself.”?

          4. It is ONLY an insult when you insult a semite HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          5. Haha, no kidding.

            n.b. too funny to see Oh Yeah up vote your comment. He most likely didn’t get the joke.

          6. He got it alright but he couldn’t deny the truth 😉

          7. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Oh Yeah-Matrix are one and same Alzheimer.

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar

            how nice..!

          9. Recent archeological studies proved beyond any doubts that the true Israelites (not the Jews) were Arabian Semitic tribes. The rest is noise… 😉 As a matter of fact they found inscriptions on 1200 BC tombs praying to YHWH AND Astarte at the same time. Judaism became a way of life of some Canaanites (hebrews) and they were never a nation by themselves. Canaan (including the Israelite tribes) WAS the nation and the whole of the fertile crescent spoke the language and wrote the canaanite script. Modern “Jewishness” is just an invention (as is the nation of Islam). Islam and Judaism can never be and MUST never become nations.

          10. “Recent archeological studies proved beyond any doubts that the true Israelites (not the Jews) were Arabian Semitic tribes.”(c)

            Dr. Indiana Hannibal Fuckin’ Jones, K.G., G.C.B., D.S.O., Ph.D., S.O.B. 🙂

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar

            He’s good, isn’t he. 🙂

          12. He’s the best! 🙂

          13. LOL so easy to irk you… I would have been ok with the signature minus the Fuckin’ word.
            is SOB a post-graduate degree?

          14. “Is SOB a post-graduate degree?”

            More like a life peerage, mate. 🙂

            By the way, in this context “fuckin’” is by no means derogatory. It’s more like a shorthand version of “kickin’ ass”. 🙂

          15. I feel much better…

          16. Yes, absolutely. Furthermore, the Israelite Tribes were combat units who conquered and then lost the land. It certainly not given to them by a God. The Israelites pretty much disappeared after their conquest.

            What’s called “Judaism” today is actually Pharisaism.

            Rabbi Adolph Moses in collaboration with Rabbi H.G. Enlow explained clearly in “Yahvism and Other Discourses” that: “Among the innumerable misfortunes which have befallen… the most fatal in its consequences is the name Judaism… neither in biblical nor post-biblical, neither in Talmudic nor in much later times, is the term Judaism ever heard…” — “Yahvism: and other discourses Paperback” – January 1, 1903 – Adolph Eliezer Asher Moses

            “The Pharisees, The Sociological Background of Their Faith” that: “Pharisaism became Talmudism, Talmudism became Medieval Rabbinism, and Medieval Rabbinism became Modern Rabbinism. But throughout these changes in name . . . the spirit of the ancient Pharisees survives, unaltered . . . From Palestine to Babylonia; from Babylonia to North Africa, Italy, Spain, France and Germany; from these to Poland, Russia, and eastern Europe generally, ancient Pharisaism has wandered . . . demonstrates the enduring importance which attaches to Pharisaism as a religious movement . . .” — “The Pharisees. The Sociological Background of Their Faith. Volumes I & II” – 1938 – Rabbi Louis Finkelstein

            The same goes for the word “Jew”, it’s nothing but a modern invention and a cunning distortion by Zionists.

            “When the word ‘Jew’ was first introduced into the English language in the 18th century (1775) its one and only implication, inference and innuendo was ‘Judean’. During the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries a well-organized and well-financed international ‘pressure group’ created a so-called ‘secondary meaning’ for the word ‘Jew’ among the English-speaking peoples of the world. This so-called ‘secondary meaning’ for the word ‘Jew’ bears no relation whatsoever to the 18th century original connotation of the word ‘Jew’. It is a misrepresentation.” … “The present generally accepted ‘secondary meaning’ of the word ‘Jew’ is fundamentally responsible for the confusion in the minds of Christians regarding elementary tenets of the Christian faith. It is likewise responsible today to a very great extent for the dilution of the devotion of countless Christians for their Christian faith. The implications, inferences and innuendoes of the word ‘Jew’ today, to the preponderant majority of intelligent and informed Christians, is contradictory and in complete conflict with incontestable historic fact. Christians who cannot be fooled any longer are suspect of the Christian clergy who continue to repeat, and repeat, and repeat ad nauseam their pet theme song ‘Jesus was a Jew’. It actually now approaches a psychosis. — Jewish-born historian Benjamin H. Freedman

          17. 5thDrawer Avatar

            A bunch went to Masada … to sulk … and the Romans said:
            ‘Wow. Here’s a chance to build a long ramp.’ 😉

          18. I think the future of Islam is Sufism, the other sects will kill themselves off. Ok, so you are not Shea, correct? You certainly regard them highly. You do understand that the vast majority on this planet either do not care, or view Hezbullah as an international sect based terror group controlled by Iran. It is almost impossible to speak of Iran and not include Shiite Islam. When Islam took control of Iran, over the lesser evil Shah, The 12’er brand of Islam fully integrated itself within government. The Dear Leader and grand Pooba, decrees a Holy War against sunni Arabs and joos (if they ever get prepared in the Golans) Iran is doing its part to secure WW3.

            It is only a matter of time before the Iranian war-footing and taunting produces war.
            Speed boats harassing destroyers? Really? The Iranian just look like a bunch of retards you wouldn’t trust with a potato-gun.

          19. Talking to yourself or to me?

            Future of Islam? Right, because an idiot like you will tell the 1.6 billion muslims on Earth what the future of their religion should be. Go ahead.

            Correct, I am not Shia nor Muslim.

            It’s because Tthe vast majority on this planet swallow what the US-Zionist mainstream media feeds them. IsraHell and the US chant, the sheep world awes. Not Iranians, not Hezbollah, not Syria, not Russians, not Chinese, not North Koreans. If tomorrow, Iran and IsraHell shake hands and turn the blame on Saudi Arabia, you will sing along just like you do now.

            You confirm once again that your “observation of Islam” is resumed to criticizing Iran and Hezbollah. Not a single word about Wahhabi Saudi Arabia who funded al-Qaeda and who fund ISIS and dozens of other terrorist groups today. Your hasbara trolling should be less blatant.

          20. Then again KSA didn’t attack the US Navy, the Iranians did.

          21. Forget the US Navy, KSA cannot fight barefoot Houthis farmers with AK-47s.

            As for the “attack”, so far, it only comes up in the US narrative of whatever may have happened. Whine first, truth doesn’t matter.

          22. The article is about the US Navy, nothing else.

          23. Okay, here is my edited comment …

            The “attack”, so far, it only comes up in the US narrative of whatever may have happened. Whine first, truth doesn’t matter afterwards.

          24. Why are you up so early. It 0525 in Lebanon and you posted 2 hours ago.

          25. Told you before: I am not in Lebanon at the moment. Should I check in with you about my travels?

          26. Yup.

          27. “Yup” what?

          28. I need your itinerary.

          29. Idiot.

          30. LOL

          31. Where do you live Omega?

          32. Born, raised in Jbeil. Lived in Clemenceau for a while. Now in Jounieh with wife and 3 kids. What about you?

          33. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Thankfully south of Tripoli …. what the real estate boys like to call ‘quiet zones’. :-))

          34. Tripoli is well worth a trip for their sweets – they make the best in the country. Considering that Elie, Hassan, Antoine, Georges, Ali, etc can wake up one day and self-proclaim themselves “real estate agents”, I won’t trust what they have to say about ‘quiet zones’ – haha. You should see some of their ads: “Wanna live big?! This the place! etc…” (facepalm).

          35. Tripoli is well worth a trip for their sweets – they make the best in the country. Can’t have to much of it though or else you know how it goes: passing the last hole in the belt became as arduous than Van Allen’s. 🙂 I go couple time a month to bring a box (or two). Considering that Elie, Hassan, Antoine, Georges, Ali, etc can wake up one day and self-proclaim themselves “real estate agents”, I won’t trust what they have to say about ‘quiet zones’ – haha. You should see some of their ads: “Wanna live big?! This the place! etc…” (facepalm).

          36. My wife spent the Summer in Tripoli and it was very quiet 😛

          37. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Thanks to Army action finally being ‘allowed’. Would have been more exciting in 2013/14.

          38. Born and raised in Ashrafieh. Now in the US with one kid in college and another in high school. As soon as I’m done with their education and they are on their own I intend to retire in Lebanon and specifically in Byblos 😛 😉 where my wife and I are looking for a property with a view to the Mediterranean.
            Now the golden question what the hell is a Shiite moslem doing in Jounieh? LOL

          39. God bless. What’s your kid in college majoring in? Great choice with Byblos – who knows, our roads may cross one day. We swing by few times a week to visit my parents, friends and family. On my end, my kids are still little. The golden answer is I am Maronite.

          40. Her major is Exercise Health and Science. The boy is heading towards engineering (probably 3D printing) he is a math wizard.

          41. Wonderful. You raised them well. I am myself in engineering.

          42. 5thDrawer Avatar

            On-Line courses for you guys ….. about ‘connectivity’, I think.

          43. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well, no ‘gold’ in that either. Or even a couple of water bottles to hand out.
            Even the ‘Holy Water’ is unsafe to drink … too many dirty fingers dipping into it.

          44. What? 🙂

          45. Damn it 5th… You always spoil a dream 😛

          46. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Sorry .. tend to inject more realism with age. 😉

          47. Hind Abyad Avatar

            “UN Chief Slams Saudi Pressure That Led to Removal From Children in Conflict Blacklist”

            http://abcnews.go.com/International/secretary-general-admits-removal-saudi-coaltion-children-conflict/story?id=39735044

          48. 5thDrawer Avatar

            It’s ALL about the money, isn’t it. Sad realities of the whirling world …

          49. Hind Abyad Avatar

            The Tyranny of 9/11: The Building Blocks of the American Police State from A-Z
            http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/08/the-tyranny-of-911-the-building-blocks-of-the-american-police-state-from-a-z/

          50. Hind Abyad Avatar

            “UN Chief Slams Saudi Pressure That Led to Removal From Children in Conflict Blacklist”

            http://abcnews.go.com/Internat

          51. 5thDrawer Avatar

            LOL … 😉

          52. Back on the moonshine again?

          53. All you have is insults so kindly go fvck yourself.

          54. You’re bothered with the word “idiot”? If you didn’t write like one, I won’t call you so. I have more but you don’t like it. You don’t see anything wrong in your “observation of Islam”? All about Iran, not a word about Wahhabi Saudi Arabia?

          55. Um, maybe it is because they (Iran), are the country that is acting like an asshole, and the Saudi are friendlier allies that are not provoking a war with us. If Iran acted more friendly and less combative, maybe they could be better allies than the Sauds, but that would go against everything that Iran stands for.

          56. This is an honest question: are you trolling or are you retarded? (Saudi) Arabia was created by the British. The Bedouins had no clue what was under their feet until the White Man came and told them: we’ll take care of that black filth you have under your filthier feet and in exchange you can plate your cars in gold, have plenty of boys to play with and make sure to spread that vile Wahhabism of yours as far and as much as you can – we will need those dumb bedouins as proxies for our future wars. You find it normal that Saudi Arabia funded and continues to fund terrorist groups (from al-Qaeda to ISIS) but it’s Iran that’s the “exporter of terrorism”? Change the channel on your TV or grow a brain. What about the most paradoxical paradox: Saudi Arabia being part of a Human Rights panel at the U.N. – (laughing).

            Using its vast oil wealth, it has quietly spread its ultra-conservative brand of Islam throughout the Muslim world, secretly undermined secular regimes in its region and prudently kept to the shadows, while others did the fighting and dying. It was Saudi money that fueled the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan, underwrote Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran, and bankrolled Islamic movements and terrorist groups from the Caucuses to Hindu Kush.http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/13/saudi-arabia-a-kingdom-stumbles/

            If you can’t see the same old Western Imperialism modus operandi in the works: demonization, sanctions, propaganda to attack a country rich in natural ressources then I don’t know what to tell you. Wake up maybe?

          57. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Bis-
            “You confirm once again that your “observation of Islam” is resumed to criticizing Iran and Hezbollah. Not a single word about Wahhabi Saudi Arabia who funded al-Qaeda and who fund ISIS and dozens of other terrorist groups today. Your hasbara trolling should be less blatant.”
            err ..transparent

          58. KSA has just far more savvy than their Iranian counter parts.

          59. They have too much to lose… Stepping on women’s rights ;P

          60. “funded al-Qaeda” , Iran does this also, and even has Bin Ladin kids living in Iran. Who supports who?
            The Saudi Islamic government is socially worse than Iran’s mullah dictatorship for sure, but Iran executes twice as many of its own people, who is more cruel?
            Iran is the greater threat right now and the Saudi are the lesser of two evils. Simple as that.

          61. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Old propaganda.. Ben Ladin’s son went to Iran to take his sister.
            Saudi behead on top of crucifying and gets away with it thanks to US and Israel.

            CNN) —More than 60 lawmakers in the House are fighting to delay the Obama administration’s planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia, citing the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen caused by the Saudi-led military coalition.
            http://www.kcci.com/politics/lawmakers-seek-to-stall-1b-arms-sale-to-saudis/41537894

          62. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Arabs are 20% of Islamic World.

          63. I wonder if they will dare do that with Trump being president 😉

          64. Any way you slice it, the Iranians look like a bunch of retards. Aggressively provoking warships that could easily destroy them. Not following protocol or standard communications, is the largest part of their unprofessional military apparatus. I guess that is what happens when you try to run a government with angry, grumpy-old mullahs that resist everything. It appears the shiits mix heavy their religion with politics, more than most desire.

          65. Actually the Americans do fear the “bunch of retards” because they will destroy themselves and poke serious crippling holes in the warships. I do not fear one bee but a swarm of suicidal bees is concerning. 😉

        2. Omega, what does it say when a geo-political stance is a “pro-Hezbollah/Iran stance” and not a Lebanese/Iran stance? A failed state as an outcome of a country within a country? Despite the fact that Hezbollah is Lebanese (I hope), the similarity between the PLO’s actions towards Lebanon as a country, and that of Hezbollah is not too different. Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Egypt, as well as the whole of the Middle East, to survive, need a lesson in nation building before building the state… and a Nation we will never have. Moslems (and some Christians) are their religion first before their nation. AND do not get me started with the Jews. 😉 😛

          1. You are absolutely right and thank you for bringing it up. However, I wish to precise that when I wrote “pro-Hezbollah/Iran stance”, I meant it strictly within the parameters of the discussion with Rascal: that I support Hezbollah/Iran geo-politically, not religiously. Iran never wanted to turn Lebanon to an Islamic State; KSA did. Iran never wanted to steal parts of Lebanon, IsraHell did. That being said, I agree that Hezbollah’s actions are turning a bit like the PLO’s. Nation building is key but something the USA-UK-IsraHell alliance thwart every time. Look at what they did in Iraq and Libya.

          2. What country is “Hezbollah”. Who do they represent, and who do they disregard. They certainly act independently and with little regard for the large fraction of Lebanese that are not paid for by Iran, and they even have their own nation’s flag, in Little Tehran, south of Beirut. And lots of pictures of Khamenei and martyrs. You could almost call it an occupation of some kind.

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Lots of money from Wahhabi camel brains; created by the British after WW1.

            Video of a daily prayer service at the Saudi Arabian Masjid al-Ḥarām, the largest mosque in the world, reveals a top Saudi imam calling for the killing of Shia Muslims, Jews, and Christians. This as the West continues to send billions of dollars worth of military aid to Riyadh which you support..do you hear Shia preach this?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa8ynNsVZNo

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Some (a lot of) people needed a lot more translating done much sooner.
            A little late now … ‘deals’ have been made. 😉

          5. Hind Abyad Avatar

            I changed the link to better translation.
            http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fbb_1473002442

          6. 5thDrawer Avatar

            MUCH better … yes.

          7. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Your vociferous rants are full of hatred, totally ridiculous and ignorant.

            “Shia Islam in Lebanon has a history of more than a millennium.
            According to CIA study, Lebanese Shia Muslims constitute 27% of Lebanon’s population
            of approximately 4.3 million, which means they amount to 1,160,000. According to other sources the Lebanese Shia Muslims constitute approximately 40% of the entire population (or 1.6 million out of a total population of 4 million)”

            “Maronites who were persecuted by the Ottoman’s and the Druze, sought refuge amongst the newly relocated Shia population in the South. Jezzine, once famously known as a Shia capital in Lebanon, is now known as a major Christian city in the South”.

          8. I have no problem with the pictures of Hezbollah’s martyrs. Most martyrs die for what they were led to believe in. I have about 50 employees reporting to me and I have only myself to blame for their behavior or mis-behavior if you will. That is why I blame Hezbollah’s leadership (or other leaderships where it applies) not the martyrs. We have that saying in the US that “shit flows downward” 😉
            On the other hand both side of the equation are at fault when it comes to their lack of loyalty to their country. Sunnis raise the pictures of the King of KSA while Hezbollah raises Kamenei’s. I haven’t seen the Christians raise anyone’s picture in Lebanon except their own leaders although sometimes they refer to France as our “loving mother”.
            Now all of that is the result of kiss the hand that feeds you because of a feudal system which thrives still and a local government that failed at nation building since Lebanon’s inception.

  3. Do not fire unless fired upon. I would think that is the US Navy rules of engagement. However, if Iran wishes a repeat of a past provocation, I’m sure the US Navy will provide the sequel.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      They should just do what the oil tankers do .. go to full throttle … give the little boats a good ride on the waves .. but why bother ‘swerving’?

      1. When patrol boats have the same structure as tankers then you would be correct.

      2. Hind Abyad Avatar

        Isn’t this second time Yalibnan publishes same subject? Pathetic..

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          First time was only 4 boats .. got flares & a couple bullets across the bows.
          This is ‘Iran Navy-Tribe escalation’ … more boats, and one drawing a line in the water by parking in front.

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Uh huh.. i wouldn’t imagine them on US shores.
            It’s the Persian Gulf, US and rag heads allies call it ‘Arabian Gulf’.

            “We don’t see this type of unsafe and unprofessional activity from
            any other nation,” funny.
            US spy planes in the Baltics coming too close to Russia, the US navy coming too close to Chinese vessels in the South China sea, US coastal patrols coming too close to Iranian coastline, US ALWAYS categorises the other party as unsafe.;-)

    2. The US Navy has no rules of engagement. Forgot Iran Flight 655?

      edit as addition: neither do the US Military and Air Force

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        In the Navy, ultimately, all is up to the Captain, and if he had a good breakfast that day. It is HIS ship, and his crew. And no matter what, his decision. Slapping of hands always may come later, but if he wants to burp, he will.
        Probably all those zippy little boats were pre-targetted and being tracked. Call it an exercise. The idiot who stopped in front of it probably had a death-wish. Disappointed him too.

        1. Even a ship’s Captain has to answer to some one, a little higher in rank than the ship’s cook.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            That’s what I said. “Slapping of hands always may come later.”
            (OF course … Captain Bligh got his story in ahead of the guys who liked the girls cooking in the south seas, and it was a crew that suffered …)

      2. Hostilities were already occurring in the area. While the downing of flight 655 was a terrible mistake, the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf was also a terrible mistake. I guess Iran’s version of a rule of engagement was “just sink something”.

        1. Flight 655 was an accident. USS Liberty was an accident. This was an accident. That was an accident. Lots of accidents.

          1. This, if your mean speedboats harassing a naval patrol is not an accident since none has occurred.

          2. “harassing” – that’s the one word that comes up in about a million time in online search results since the US whined about it. UK’s whore daughter, the USA, has bullied the entire world for decades. Time for them to get bullied – that’s if it really happened the way the mainstream media tells it.

            Talking about accidents on an unrelated note … was Castro’s rise to power an accident? Were the CIA’s 630+ (failed) assassination attempts on Castro also accidents? I am reading “The Fourth Floor: An Account of the Castro Communist Revolution” by Earl E. T. Smith (former US ambassador to Cuba). Smith explains how the CIA helped bring and keep Castro to power. Castro, Communism in Cuba, the embargo and what not were no accidents.

          3. It’s amazing how we suddenly shifted from the Persian Gulf to the Caribbean.

          4. The UK-USA-Israel “accidents” transcend the time-space continuum.

          5. Q, is that you?

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