Thanks Matelot. The vessel in question appears to be fairly large:the_matelot said:Cornwall displaces 4500 tonnes.Some of these dhows are no bigger than 40 tonnes.EX_STAB said:This has been stated frequently but I just don't get it. Does the Cornwall really have a greater draught than the merchantman they were searching? Seems unlikely.FNUSNU said:A couple of inflatables with 15 rifles v Iranian gunboats with HMGs and RPGs. Can't blame the personnel involved, should have had air cover (as the water wasn't deep enough for the ship apparently).
A lot of the time, if the fcukers are trying to hide, they'll cut and run to Iranian TTW and run the risk of being boarded by the IRGCN and having everything confiscated rather than be stopped by a coalition vessel.
Cornwall's main task in the NAG was to protect the oil terminals (KAOT & ABOT) from attack by insurgents. Several matelots (USN) have been killed over the past couple of years doing exactly this.
The RIBs would've been deployed on 'Blue Light' patrols. A lot of vessels carrying out patrols in the NAG have been fitted with crew served weapons to counteract the threat from asymmetric warfare.
However, do you really want to be the person who starts a new conflict by opening up on the minigun at a target who knows that we've got to abide by certain ROE?
Let's face it-the UK government has got previous for not exactly being supportive of UK Forces who have decided to use deadly force...
Is the dredged channel just too narrow to want to get a warship restricted in rather than being too shallow?