TRUMP TO NAVY: “Sink the Iranian gunboats if they get close to our Naval vessels” Via Bare Naked Islam
Trump gave the order to U.S. Naval forces after Iranian gunboats continue to come too close to U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf. “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” said the President on Wednesday.
IRGCN vessels repeatedly “crossed the bows and sterns” of four Navy and two Coast Guard ships in the Persian Gulf as they were conducting joint operations with U.S. Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, the U.S. 5th Fleet reported.
Only after an hour of ignoring multiple bridge-to-bridge radio and sound warnings did the Iranian ships finally back off.
Iranian Navy tactics frequently rely on small, fast boats to swarm and take over larger vessels. It used this method in July of last year when it seized a British-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero. Speedboats raced around the tanker ordering it to change direction toward Iran. A helicopter then dropped Iranian forces onto the ship, taking control.
Earlier this month, Trump said that Tehran should expect a bold U.S. response if Iran or Iranian-backed groups attack American forces or assets in Iraq.
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