Fujairah denies port explosion


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America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers
I can't help but think of the Falklands line. "If that's the size of their bombers, how big is their carrier?"
What 4 of them ?

Must have been a very small fast heavy tiny boat to do that much damage in such a small spot .
The yanks may be getting worse!
Saudi Arabia says its oil tankers among those hit off UAE coast - Reuters
Reuters saying KSA have admitted two of the four tankers belonged to them. Norway says one was theirs:
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were among those attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and described it as an attempt to undermine the security of crude supplies amid tensions between the United States and Iran.

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz. It did not describe the nature of the attack or say who was behind it.
The fourth appears to be UAE flagged:
The UAE had not given the nationalities or other details about the ownership of the four vessels. Riyadh identified two of them as Saudi and a Norwegian company said it owned another. Reuters images showed the fourth vessel was the UAE-flagged A. Michel, a fuel bunker barge.
these days only one man stands to gain from higher oil prices
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Just seen a US TV 'breaking news' where UAE apparently now saying evidence of a rocket or missile attack, though can't find anything on t'intertnet. All of which contradicts:

'A U.S. official in Washington, without offering any evidence, told The Associated Press that an American military team’s initial assessment indicated Iran or Iranian allies used explosives to blow holes in the ships, including two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation, agreed to reveal the findings only if not quoted by name. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which patrols the Mideast and operates from a base in Fujairah, has repeatedly declined to comment on the incident.'

Tankers reported damaged off UAE on major oil trade route

ETA: possibly related link. Houthis spreading their wings from Yemen?

'A television station run by Yemen's Houthi rebels said on Tuesday the Iran-aligned group had launched drone attacks on Saudi installations, without identifying the targets or time of the attacks.'

Yemen's Houthis target Saudi installations: Reports
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An oil tanker owned by Norway’s Frontline has been struck by a torpedo off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, shipping newspaper Tradewinds reported on Thursday, citing unnamed industry sources.

Frontline oil tanker struck by torpedo off UAE coast: Tradewinds - Reuters

Torpedo's ?

A further 2 ships evacuated

Two tankers have been evacuated after an incident in the Gulf of Oman and the crew are safe, four shipping and trade sources said on Thursday.

Two tankers evacuated in Gulf of Oman, crew safe: sources - Reuters
Things are definitely heating up, particularly if this can be linked to yesterday's CM attack on the Saudi airport.

'U.S. Naval forces are assisting tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls on Thursday, the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet told Reuters. "We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m.," Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said.'

US Navy: assisting tankers after 'reported attack' in Gulf of Oman


Torpedo attacks are really upping the ante. The major naval powers (yes we are still one of them) will be unable to do nothing if this kind of thing gets repeated. However, the redeployment of Western warships will reduce NATO's presence in the Atlantic/Arctic/Baltics.

Hmmm! Where is my tinfoil hat?

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