Iran’s change of language is quite interesting. It is now complaining the the present US administration is the 'most spiteful’ in many years????
World War 3: Iran brands US most hostile in 40 YEARS as Trump team branded ‘SPITEFUL’

A bit of a change from their usual bellicose threatening abuse ‘...a crushing blow to the Great Satan who will suffer the most devastating retaliation etc, etc, etc!!!!!'

Perhaps the recent swift US steps to counter Iran’s threats to the Hormuz may have suddenly alerted them to the fact that their less than sensible prodding of US forces in the area could well quickly backfire.

The foolishly aggressive, less than professional and undisciplined Revolutionary Guard often postures dangerously close to US vessels in the area, but the recent exercises will have demonstrated and left them in no doubt that it would not end well for them should it go too far.

The present US administration has now served them warning that they will be faced down.
The Royal Navy has just been subjected to Iranian fast boat provocation with three IRGC fast attack boats blocking HMS Dragon while she was performing escort duties.
Royal Navy ships in the Gulf confronted by Iran's fast-attack machine gun boats
World War 3 ALERT: Royal Navy ship THREATENED by Iran's fast ATTACK boats in the Gulf

Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri had stated in August that the ships of "hostile countries" will be confronted when passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran's fast attack craft fleet: behind the hyperbole - Naval Technology

Iranian fast attack boats have had a history of being provocative and manoeuvring dangerously with both the UK and USN having had a number of incidents where boats and personnel have been detained.
BBC NEWS | UK | UK sailors captured at gunpoint

This might be changing as far as the USN is concerned after Obama left office and Trump has shown Iran that he will meet any such incident a lot more more vigorously.
Iran Constantly Harassed The US Navy Under Obama. That Stopped Under Trump
Iran harassed and humiliated the US Navy under Obama — here's why it stopped under Trump

Appeasement it appears is taken by Iran as a sign of weakness.

The IRGC tactics complement those the Iranian navy with their large missile-armed cruisers conserved for diplomatic long-range deployments to more distant waters Syrian and Chinese ports being two ports of call, and generally behaving in a more conservative manner

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, act more as a rogue element bringing uncertainty to the equation The U.S. Navy trains and equips its forces for battles with peer navies and its main weapons multimillion-dollar cruise missiles. The threat from swarm tactics of small cheap but well armed, a very different threat.

The USN began by bringing U.S. Army attack helicopters aboard some ships in the Persian Gulf. The Army missiles and guns ideal for countering Iranian small craft. And adding Army-style missiles to its own helicopters.

In 2012, they fielded a custom-made guided rocket of its own optimized for defeating swarms of boats. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System is a 2.75-inch-diameter rocket with laser seeker.

USN and USMC helicopters, as well as other aircraft, can carry pods, with each containing up to seven of the rockets. Lasing enemy boats, each APKWS rocket heads for a different boat, in essence swarming the attacking swarm with tiny lethal munitions with 95-percent hit rate.

In 2014 a new, large laser gun was fitted to the amphibious USS Ponce stationed in the Persian Gulf, acting as an at-sea base for helicopters, small boats and special operations forces.

This shoots a 30-kilowatt laser over a distance of several miles and drawing power from a generator, potentailly never runs out of ammunition. At around $40 million not cheap but proved that a laser can work.

No doubt newer developments have been ongoing to deal with this asymmetric type of conflict. However, what does remain is a grimmer aspect of these. By using these constant probing harrasements they pose the serious risk of being allowed to get within range for a sneak suicide attack that will do hugely disproportionate damage. This then quickly be apologised for as a rogue action that was not officially sanctioned!
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USS Puller arrived in the region in August 2017, and the Fifth Fleet took control of the ship from the Navy’s hybrid military-civilian Military Sealift Command.

Officially termed an Expeditionary Sea Base, or ESB, the vessel has taken over from the USS Ponce that was serving as a floating staging platform

In September 2017, Ponce returned to Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia for decommissioning. She had been an extraordinary vessel
Iranian intelligence service suspected of attempted attack in Denmark -security chief | Reuters
The Dutch are saying an Iranian govt plot to kill the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) Ahvaz - Wikipedia
“We are dealing with an Iranian intelligence agency planning an attack on Danish soil. Obviously, we can’t and won’t accept that,” Andersen said.

Iran’s foreign ministry was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in the Islamic Republic.
A Norwegian citizen of Iranian heritage has been arrested and denies he is guilty:
Andersen said Danish police had arrested a Norwegian citizen of Iranian heritage on Oct. 21 and he had denied wrongdoing in a court appearance. Norway’s Police Security Service said it was cooperating with Danish police on the case, which it also described as a planned attack in Denmark.

The Ahvazi Arabs are a minority in mainly ethnic Persian Iran, and some see themselves as under Persian occupation and want independence or autonomy.

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