Hello folks, Pardon me for asking an obvious question, but this question is asked given the aggressive behaviour coming from Tehran (in every aspect of the word: them pre-sanctioning EU countries that sanctioned them, attacks on diplomats, boasting of nuclear progress, etc.). We all know that the Iranian Navy & Air Force don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of taking the USN on, or even getting close to them when war is declared. Looking at USN hardware, it seems that USN doctrine for carrier group defence involves a layered approach that aims to eliminate most threats at a distance using airborne/naval assets/escorts and then mopping up any that get through using CIWS for missiles/aircraft and autocannons/missiles for small boats. It seems the prevailing assumptions are that the prelude to war will be an Israeli raid on Iranian nuclear sites, or the US/Israel declaring war openly. At which point the USN will be able to establish an exclusion bubble around its fleet and apply its defensive doctrine normally. But what happens if the Iranians shoot first, in hopes of crippling or sinking a carrier? We know how vain the Iranian regime is to the media and what a publicity victory this will be for the regime - the only country to have sunk a Nimitz-class supercarrier. If the Iranian leadership calculates that war is inevitable, then it simply becomes a question of when/how war is started to maximise their advantage in military and political capital terms. Along these lines of reasoning, what happens if: 1) The Iranians load up containers in a cargo ship with anti-ship missiles. They sail within missile range of a carrier group and do a broadside of 20-30 missiles targeting the carrier. 2) Same concept but using suicide speedboats packed with explosives. In both cases the response time would be minimal and even though the Phalanx CIWS would (probably) be on 24/7 in the Persian Gulf at these times I doubt they could handle such swarms of missiles or suicide speedboats. N.B. Back to England in 2 days! I am starving for a plate of greasy fish & chips, or a full English breakfast with bacon!