Iran has deployed warships to the Mediterranean Sea as a show of force to Countries in the Region. 12 replies

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#1 6 years ago

Iran Deploys Warships to the Mediterranean | Defense News | defensenews.com

No word yet on numbers or types of ships.

Instead of trembling in their boots I imagine Israel is saying "Good, we can use the target practice".




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#2 6 years ago

Those ships won't be available to sink tankers or protect Iranian waters. But then again, in a war the Iranian navy probably wouldn't be afloat for very long anyway.




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#3 6 years ago
MrFancypants;5612629Those ships won't be available to sink tankers or protect Iranian waters. But then again, in a war the Iranian navy probably wouldn't be afloat for very long anyway.

Indeed, it wont make difference. The Iranian navy will probably cease to exist 24 hours after hostilities break out.




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I have still not seen anything regarding the size of the flotilla. There are reports two Iranian ships, a destroyer and a supply ship, docked at the Saudi Red Sea port city of Jeddah February 6th.

IMHO if Iran is willing to write off the two ships it puts Iranian ships off the coast of Israel and gives them a chance to fire off a salvo of cruise missiles or possibly something larger off the supply ship. This would cut down the response time to seconds instead of many minutes.

Of course with Patriot PAC-3's, Irondome, Arrow IV, defense systems there might not be much that gets through.

A failed attack would waste resources, and give Israel a legitimate excuse to strike back.

There is also the thought that a supply ship defended by a destroyer could make a suicide run and might get close enough to Tel Aviv to detonate a nuke on board and minimize effects to surrounding Arab Countries.




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#5 6 years ago

Maybe that supply ship is headed for Syria.

I don't think the fleet poses much of a risk to Israel though. Israel probably watches those ships very closely and may also receive intelligence from the US.

Their presence near Israel is a further escalation and doesn't make war less likely.




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#6 6 years ago

It would make more sense to be heading to Syria. There are widespread reports that Iran has Republican Guard units operating openly against the Syrian rebellion.

IIRC last time Iranian ships headed to Med they made port calls in Egypt and Turkey.




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#7 6 years ago

Seems I am not the only one to see a potential threat. Israel has moved a Iron Dome missile interceptor system to Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv to Get Missile Interceptor System: Army | Defense News | defensenews.com




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#8 6 years ago

So, this'll end well.

How valuable are the vessels in question? What's a more likely scenario, dropping off supplies in Syria, or rattling (or waving) a saber at Israel?




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#9 6 years ago

Actually I thought up a new reason this morning.

Im betting this is a "Hi Neighbor!" tour with stopovers for Hamas, Egypt, and Turley, all the while listening to Israeli ELINT signals and radar scanning Israeli airspace. If Israel is getting ready to launch a raid on Iran then Iran can park a ship off Israel and watch for signs. With a Destroyer and a supply ship to replenish it the Destroyer can stay on station for awhile.

EDIT: News just reported the Iranian ships just docked at a Syrian naval base.




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#10 6 years ago

Anlushac11;5613232Actually I thought up a new reason this morning.

Im betting this is a "Hi Neighbor!" tour with stopovers for Hamas, Egypt, and Turley, all the while listening to Israeli ELINT signals and radar scanning Israeli airspace. If Israel is getting ready to launch a raid on Iran then Iran can park a ship off Israel and watch for signs. With a Destroyer and a supply ship to replenish it the Destroyer can stay on station for awhile.

EDIT: News just reported the Iranian ships just docked at a Syrian naval base.

That makes sense. But I wonder whether the sort of radar that comes with rather old British frigates has sufficient range to look into Israeli airspace past its territorial waters.




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