Iran Warships: Serious Threat Or More Posturing?

    February 9, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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Iranian officials announced recently that the country was sending ships in the direction of US maritime waters. The move is said to be in response to the United State’s own increased presence in the Persian Gulf.

The semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Adm. Afshin Rezayee Haddad on Saturday as saying that, “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message”.

It has not yet been confirmed, but Rezayee claims these ships are headed into the Atlantic Ocean, “via the waters near South Africa”.

A US official told CNN that this is not the first time Iran has made such threats. It was noted that in 2011, Iran had stated they had plans for sending ships into American-controlled waters. The statement was released to local press during the thirtieth anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war.

Back then, Iran had claimed there were “plans for the presence of this force in the Atlantic Ocean…same way that the world arrogant power is present near our marine borders” were underway.

Said the anonymous official, “t’s important to understand that, at this point, we have an announcement not a deployment.”

In other words the threats have been made once again, however there doesn’t seem to be any material proof to cause any sort of true concern. An “aspiration” to possess a strong naval presence is not the same as actually having one.

It seems that for now Iran’s boast is being treated as posturing and little more. Is Iran “crying wolf” or are there really warships headed our way?

The anonymous defense official that spoke with CNN, seems to think Iran doesn’t quite understand how maritime operations work.

He says, “Freedom of the seas doesn’t just apply to fish. It applies to all maritime nations, all navies, everywhere…if they chose to send their ships to the Atlantic, I’m sure they won’t be surprised to find many, many others already there.”

Iran’s navy is relatively small when compared with the rest of its military, and with the majority of its forces being a world away, it’s not likely help would immediately arrive should Iran engage in any truly aggressive activities in the Atlantic.

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  • Steve

    Ha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha please help me I cannot stop laughing! Iranian Warships! haha ha ha ha ha ha! Ahole 30 Navy cadets onboaord! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! We got speed boats bigger than their Warships ha ha ha ha ha!

  • bob

    ha ha i like that it would be like throwing a roast in a cage of pitbulls there wouldnt be anything left in seconds ha ha lol

  • Rob Billeaud

    Is the title of this article serious? The Iranian Navy has maybe 50 total ships capable of blue water operations. The US Fleet Forces Command – formerly known as the Atlantic Fleet has over three times as many ships and 1300 aircraft. They pose no threat at all. If the Iranian Navy is at sea – which according to this article may not even be true – I'm quite sure that the US Navy has a few attack submarines shadowing the fleet. If they pose any threat at all, the subs can sink every single one before they even know what's happening.

  • jonjon

    send them over here, our sub's need the target practice !!

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    Blah…Blah…. They are not going to do anything.

  • Ted

    If any such move from horrid predator US, the escalation will come from other forces. If any regrettable attack from USrael should occur, DIAMIBI may well strike and when it does, it will have dire consequences. The counter-insurgents have been organising for years now. No one knows of their capacity and no one knows if present on US soil.