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PoliCon
08-11-2010, 10:20 PM
DEBKAfile Special Report August 11, 2010, 12:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

To meet increasingly defiant Iranian threats to US regional military forces, Washington has detached the USS Truman carrier from support duty for Afghanistan in the Arabian Sea and reassigned it to Dubai opposite the Gulf of Oman and the Straits of Hormuz with thousands of marines aboard.
Reporting this, debkafile's military sources note that the Iranian submarine attack on a Japanese oil supertanker last month near Hormuz underlined the urgency of heightened security for keeping the vital straits open.
Tuesday, Aug. 10, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy (which is Iran's only real naval force), remarked: "Aircraft Carrier USS Truman is currently at Jebel Ali" - 35 kilometers southwest of Dubai - "and will quickly leave the region."
Speaking to reporters at the Bandar Abbas naval base, the admiral announced the addition of twelve torpedo and missile cruisers to the IRGC Navy and the purchase of a British Bladerunner speedboat. "What worries the Americans is that we have equipped (the speedboat) with military gear," he said.
Our Iranian sources note that Tehran keeps track of - and responds instantly with fleet deployments of its own - to every US naval movement in a broad radius from its shores - from the Red Sea in the North, to the Gulfs of Aden and Oman in the East, the Horn of Africa in the west and the southern approaches to the Indian Ocean.

debkafile of April 22, 2010, first revealed that Iran was preparing a fleet of speedboats for striking American air carriers. (To read this article click here.)
By announcing that Iran had equipped the speedboats with military gear added, Fadavi unveiled Iran's counter-threat to US air carriers in general and the USS Truman in particular. Our military sources report that the souped-up Bladerunners have a speed of 61/5 MPH. They Russian-made Shkval torpedoes they carry had travel up to 360 knots per hour, the fastest of any comparable torpedo in service today, a speed which defies radar detection.

Two days earlier, on Aug. 8, Iran launched four Ghadir-type mini-submarines from the same base at Bandar Abbas.

The USS Truman Strike force carries 6,000 marines and sailors and Carrier Wing Three consisting of seven Battle Axe squadrons. It leads a flotilla of four more vessels: the guided missile cruiser USS Normandy, the guided missile destroyer USSWinston S. Churchill, the USS Oscar Austin destroyer and the guided missile destroyer USS Ross.

Another carrier, the USS Peleliu and its marine force are in the Arabian Sea waiting for permission to enter Karachi port and render aid to the millions of flood-stricken Pakistanis. The USS Nassau is cruising in the Gulf Aden.

In a bid to further dramatize Iran's readiness for war, IRGC Deputy Chief Gen. Hossein Kan'ani Moghadam announced Tuesday, Aug. 10: "The mass graves that were used for burying Saddam's soldiers [in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s] have now been prepared for US soldiers - and this is the reason for digging a large number of graves."
The Iranian media ran this statement as a headline with large photos of the fresh graves.
debkafile's military sources report that Tehran is also flexing its muscles against the United States in Lebanon. After the Lebanese army's Aug. 3 clash with Israel, the Iranian ambassador called on the Lebanese chief of staff and offered Tehran's support for Beirut. He also proposed Iranian military assistance to take the place of the American hardware which US Congress proposes to cut off after the Lebanese army instigated the clash.
The Iranian diplomat proposed invoking the 2008 Iranian-Lebanese military accord which provides for Iranian arms, including heavy weapons, to be supplied to Lebanon together with Iranian military instructors.
This proposition was dismissed by US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley when he said Tuesday: "Iran's activities compromise Lebanese sovereignty."
Stepping up the pressure on Beirut to abandon its pro-Western orientation, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced he will pay a visit Beirut after Ramadan (which began Tuesday night, Aug, 10 and runs for 30 days).

http://www.debka.com/article/8961/

Rockntractor
08-11-2010, 10:22 PM
I hope this wasn't accompanied by a strongly worded letter too. Maybe they will send the battle axe Hillery next!:eek:

malloc
08-11-2010, 10:45 PM
I really hope it doesn't come to open hostilities with Iran. I think the youth in Iran want Westernization, and the old Theocracy is keeping them from it, and that situation won't last forever, the youth will win out.

However, if we must go to war with Iran, I hope it waits until after 2012 when, hopefully, we'll have a real Commander in Chief who can actually handle it. I'd hate to see those graves actually filled with fellow Marines because Obama is too busy campaigning and politicking to put any thought into the strategy, or obsessing over troop levels.

If we do get into it sooner, I just pray that Obama has the brains to realize he's unqualified and turns full control of the situation over to General Jones, or Gen. Patreus and not try to be hands-on with it.

Rockntractor
08-11-2010, 10:50 PM
I really hope it doesn't come to open hostilities with Iran. I think the youth in Iran want Westernization, and the old Theocracy is keeping them from it, and that situation won't last forever, the youth will win out.

However, if we must go to war with Iran, I hope it waits until after 2012 when, hopefully, we'll have a real Commander in Chief who can actually handle it. I'd hate to see those graves actually filled with fellow Marines because Obama is too busy campaigning and politicking to put any thought into the strategy, or obsessing over troop levels.

If we do get into it sooner, I just pray that Obama has the brains to realize he's unqualified and turns full control of the situation over to General Jones, or Gen. Patreus and not try to be hands-on with it.

You're right let's hope like hell there is no fighting. All democrats since world war two have failed as War time president and Obama is the worst the Dems have ever had without a doubt.

PoliCon
08-11-2010, 11:06 PM
You're right let's hope like hell there is no fighting. All democrats since world war two have failed as War time president and Obama is the worst the Dems have ever had without a doubt.

Oh come now. Clinton didn't fail. I mean he did bomb that Aspirin factory after all ;)

Zathras
08-12-2010, 02:35 AM
The USS Truman Strike force carries 6,000 marines and sailors and Carrier Wing Three consisting of seven Battle Axe squadrons

That one line confused me a bit since there are no planes in naval service called the Battleaxe. Turns out Battle Axe is the code name for Carrier Air Wing 3.

Tecate
08-12-2010, 02:57 AM
If this turns hot, get ready for $6-$7 gallon gasoline and the final nail in the coffin of our economy that already hangs by a thread as we speak. Not to mention the strong possibility of an all out world war and a deep global economic depression.

djones520
08-12-2010, 06:04 AM
That one line confused me a bit since there are no planes in naval service called the Battleaxe. Turns out Battle Axe is the code name for Carrier Air Wing 3.

Yeah, Fighter Wings have names like that.

35th Fighter Wing outta Misawa is called the Wild Weasels.

malloc
08-12-2010, 12:22 PM
I don't know why Iran would equip speed boats with torepedos in order to take on an aircraft carrier flotilla, as if the carrier itself is the threat. I might be wrong, but the power of the carrier comes from the aircraft aboard the carrier. These speedboats hauling ass are going to leave a nice long wake for the aircraft to get a fix on. So I'm not so much worried about the boats as I am the Russian super speed torpedoes. Any squids on this board want to help a jarhead, and let me know if the Truman or accompanying vessels has the capability to counter these torpedoes?

ironhorsedriver
08-12-2010, 05:13 PM
Appeasement coming.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7940061/Barack-Obama-may-be-prepared-to-meet-Iranian-president.html

PoliCon
08-12-2010, 05:24 PM
Barry has yet to meet a muslim he wasn't willing to bend over in front of.

m00
08-12-2010, 06:38 PM
Appeasement coming.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7940061/Barack-Obama-may-be-prepared-to-meet-Iranian-president.html

They'll meet Muslim to Muslim.