Tuesday, March 27, 2007

US Navy Rattles saber in the Persian Gulf

Story:"The U.S. Navy on Tuesday began its largest demonstration of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by a pair of aircraft carriers and backed by warplanes flying simulated attack maneuvers off the coast of Iran.

The maneuvers bring together two strike groups of U.S. warships and more than 100 U.S. warplanes to conduct simulated air warfare in the crowded Gulf shipping lanes."
Overall, the exercises involve more than 10,000 U.S. personnel on warships and aircraft making simulated attacks on enemy shipping with aircraft and ships, hunting enemy submarines and finding mines.

"What it should be seen as by Iran or anyone else is that it's for regional stability and security," Aandahl said. "These ships are just another demonstration of that. If there's a destabilizing effect, it's Iran's behavior.""

No, these are not intended to rattle Iran, not at all. *whistles*
Also interesting to note in this article: There is a French Naval presence in the area.


Daniel said...

Now the question is, do we have the guts to use them?

SolaMeanie said...

The French naval vessel concerns me. If things do escalate, they will do one of two things. Flee the scene immediately, or misfire their weapons and hit our ship by accident. Then again, they might do it by design.

I love what Winston Churchill once said about Charles DeGaulle during World War II. "I have borne many crosses in my life, but the heaviest one was the Cross of Lorraine."