US Military Ship Fires Towards Iranian Boat

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    Skynews

    Hmm a US military ship has just fired a shot at an iranian boat

    What are the Iranians up to now i wonder?? :? :?
     
  2. Perhaps they're on the rob for a new iPod?
     
  3. It's a contracted ship, not a US Navy one. Was it self defence or does the ship carry a letter of marque to go engaging all over the Gulf of Tonk... ooops Arabian Gulf?

    What sort of shot? 5.56 or 40mm + ?
     
  4. its that dodgy marching has gone to their heads!!!
     
  5. Its only early yet news is still coming in! nothing on BBC or even Sky yet!!

    Never said naval ship i said US Military!! which is now confirmed as an MSC ship contracted to the military
     
  6. Oil at $130/barrel anyone?.
     
  7. Now is it an MSC vessel, or just contracted to the MSC (a bit like our RFA) The article seems to contradict itself.

    They've probably got an embarked SPO team - if it's anything like the RM/RNR teams it'll be 5.56 and 7.62. If it is actually an MSC ship (ie owned by the US Givernment) it may well have one of or a combination of Goalkeeper, 20mm, 30mm or 40mm cannon, and maybe miniguns.
     
  8. didnt an MSC ship kill some egyptians a month or so ago as well??
     
  9. Best comparison to a UK vessel would be one of the MoD owned/chartered vessels like Anvil Point or Hartland Point. Dark Blue Loggie is quite correct, in that they prob have a small embarked FP team (5.56 & poss gpmg) for self defence. It is usual for vessels like this to get an escort through choke points, Straights of Hormuz or Bab el Mandeb, by something with a bit more of a punch.

    EWD
     
  10. this makes a bit more sense!!

    BBC
     
  11. More HERE
    edited for mong reading of my own post :(
     
  12. Via Fcuks News.
     
  13. The iranioans probably wanted to know if they were interested in their line in cheap suits which they succesfully offloaded last time. I've heard about telling cold callers to feck off but that's ridiculous.
     
  14. Merchant ships operating in the region under contract to the US military have USN security team on board. A pic of the Western Venture.

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    US navy downplays Gulf incident, says Iran not involved

    Military and Security 4/25/2008 8:52:00 PM


    By Joe Macaron (With MIL-IRAN-US-NAVY) WASHINGTON, April 25 (KUNA) --

    A US Department of Defense official downplayed on Friday the warning shots incident in the Gulf, noting that no evidence Iran is involved in this incident.

    "The Westward Venture was in international water north of the Arabian Gulf when it was approached by two unidentified boats yesterday morning at about 8am local time", said the spokeswoman of the US Navys Fifth fleet based in Bahrain Lydia Robertson in an interview with KUNA over the phone.

    "We do not know if they are Iranians", she added. Robertson said that the US naval vessel, under contract for military command and carrying military cargo, followed proper procedures and issued standard queries to the small boats by radio.

    Once they did not get a reply, Robertson added that the cargo ship activated a flare but the boats still did not answer.
    "The boats continued towards Westward Venture, the ship embarked security team fired warning shots", she added while noting that the small boats left the area by then.

    But after a short while, the US Navy received a query from a unit identifying itself as the Iranian Coast Guard, said Robertson, but it is not clear yet for the Navy if it is the same boat or a separate one.

    This occurs at a time of tension between Washington and Tehran about the nuclear issue and a host of regional issues.
    Robertson said that the US Navy does not consider what happened as incident and is not on alert at the moment.
    "We have not changed our status, we are continuing our operations", she affirmed.
     

  15. It was 50 cal 12.5mm and 5.56mm M16 rounds.