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British Navy Rushes Nuclear Submarine To Persian Gulf Amid Growing Tensions With Iran (Infographics)


British Navy Rushes Nuclear Submarine To Persian Gulf Amid Growing Tensions With Iran (Infographics)

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On July 22nd, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt briefed the British Parliament on the situation surrounding the UK tanker by Iran and suggested a plan to establish a joint European Task Force to patrol the Persian Gulf and guarantee security against “Iranian aggression.”

While the plan is yet to be adpoted, the British Navy is already boosting its presence in the Persian Gulf region, at least according to British media. For example, reports claimed that the British Navy has sent the Astute-class submarine, which would perform a purely defensive role in the region. The submarine, according to the Sun, will listen in to Iranian communications before passing information back to its operational headquarters at Northwood, in North West London.




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  • BMWA1

    Perfect response, the torpedoes lone probably cast the same as about 100 speedboats.

    • klove and light

      skipped alot of math classes did u???
      astute Sub as mentioned above have a maximum of 38 weapons…spearfish Torpedos and/or cruise Missiles……

      so smart ass math Genius explain your math:

      38 weapons against 100 speedboats?????????


      ps. Torpedos against speedboats….. man o man r u fucking plain and simple stupid……smart ass….speedboats of iranian Navy “seraj”(100 knots) are 20 knots faster than spearfish Torpedos(80 knots max)!!!!!

      • I am not a fan of the British, but your response is a tad bit hysterical. The submarine would engage larger surface ships and fire cruise missiles at land targets, while surface ships engaged speed boats, obviously.

        I do not think it is economically viable to hit speed boats with torpedos. Also, while a speed boat may theoretically outran a torpedo, they would never see it coming. Also, no one would fire torpedoes at speed boats.

        the entire conversation is a bit stupid.

        This is a significant show of strength, though practically, it changes nothing. It would be cool if the iranians used this as an opportunity to learn to track these boats.

        • Sinbad2

          Generally I agree with what you said, but, you can see them coming, or going in my case. I watched a few getting tested. The traveling depth is adjustable I believe.

      • Toronto Tonto

        Yoo dumbazz 100 knots is total bullshizz . Maybe a small boat is close but it wont have any serious wepons on it .

        • grumpy_carpenter

          They carry a pair of Kowsar anti shipping missiles. Very similar to the US Navy’s harpoon. Good enough to sink a frigate. The US navy considers the Harpoon it’s top of the line anti-shipping missile but as far as anti shipping missiles go it’s pretty small and slow at mach 0.8. They also carry a pair of torpedos and Iran has 74 of these boats in the Persian Gulf.

          So …. is that serious enough for you?

        • Zionism = EVIL

          You are an uneducated Jew PUNK.

    • bla

      troll blocked

    • grumpy_carpenter

      It’s not being sent to counter speedboats, it’s there for it’s land attack capabilities with TLAMs.

  • Chris Saunders

    Standing outside your neighbor’s front door with a loaded shotgun is not a “defensive” posture. It is also not a very “astute” strategic move . .

  • Andrei

    Look how I see the situation
    If a war between Iran vs uk
    Iran vs USA
    will ever happen.?
    Then hundreds of millions of people will be out of jobs, world economy will totally collapse, millions of people will die that includes iran irak Europeans..Israel in special because Iran will concentrate on destruction of allied forces to USA/UK/ the Saudi Arabia will totally collapse if not will be exterminated UAE the same , … I totally believe that USA/UK they don’t yet realise of potential consequences if a war breaks out in middle east against Iran, IRAN is A world power that should be carefully considered. IRAN is not Iraq/Afghanistan.. Iran from military point of view is a global power. But USA,ISRAEL, they are blinded by their egos and they think that nobody could defeat them.. they are so silly.. as I told before.. history tells us everything.. empires grow and eventually collapse because of their greediness..
    It will be second Vietnam war if not war world 3

    • omrizkiblog

      It’ll be intro into nuclear war, where USA, UK & EU burn like hell, and where Israel will face its final fate… ☕

      • David Walters

        I cheer for the last phrase in your statement.

    • Tommy Jensen

      So you think you are the wise guy and that we haven’t thought, simulated and analysed every single detail through? That’s funny man…………………………………….LOL.

      • FlorianGeyer

        I agree that the US ‘Thinks things through’ , however, the attention span span of US politicians etc is about the same as a Knat :)

  • Rob

    A new war emerging for British forces. Did they won war from Afghani Taliban. Comparing Afghani Taliban with Iran LOL.

    First Palestine, Germany, India, Turkey, Syria, Libya and so on. I think its not enough.

    • Tommy Jensen

      Yes they won the war against Afghani Taleban;
      Black profit from 6000t heroine and endless war to test and sell new weapons, gain real combat training and occupy Afghanistan so Russia and China don’t settle there without US.

      • Rob

        Now America looking that how to end Afghan war because every week 4 and 5 Americans are dying there in Afghanistan. Now I wanna block you.

  • Brother Thomas

    Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
    It would be wiser and less costly for Britain to release the Iranian tanker and crew with an apology.

    More broadly, the EU should stop applying EU law extraterritorially. It is not international law and Iran is not bound by it.

    • goingbrokes

      Or – UK should stop enforcing EU law, which it wants to leave anyways!!! Lol.

  • Sinbad2

    I don’t believe the admiralty would allow one of its primary weapons to be put at risk in the Persian Gulf.
    The Persian Gulf is mostly shallow except for a 100 meter deep strip, and it’s one of the worlds busiest waterways. The chances of being hit by a ship is just too great for what is basically a flag waving exercise.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Exactly, the Persian Gulf is too narrow and shallow for any large nuclear sub. This limey stunt will be based at Diego Garcia and is a PR excercise, not relevant militarily.

      • Doom Sternz

        I think for it to be any use it has to be carrying nuclear weapons. As i see it the UK is threatening Iran with a nuclear strike. Otherwise its a total joke.

        • Sinbad2

          The Trident ICBM has a12000klm range.
          They could threaten nukes from London.

          • David Walters


      • Icarus Tanović

        Or even Maldives. Lol!

    • FlorianGeyer

      Good point , and it reinforces the communications spying mission on Iran , BUT from deeper waters near the mouth of Hormuz, I think.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    This is a PR stunt, the Persian Gulf is too shallow and narrow for nuclear submarine operations. The limey gits will just float around in the Indian Ocean. In the Persian Gulf Iran is the boss and can sink any ship it pleases if conflict ever broke out.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    The British have been the enemy in every single way for the last 800 years on earth.
    They belong no where but on their island. Not Britain belongs in France or Germany or Spain or ME or Africa or Asia or the Americas. They all need to be sent home permanently.
    If these sailors want to reside under the sea, then make it so. Send them to permanent resting station under the sea.
    We all have the same enemies. The Zionist and the U.K.-global-empire.

  • goingbrokes

    Show of strength! Yeah right. Exposing a strategic asset for a squabble about merchant shipping (in which squabble UK is wrong). Stupid doesn’t cover it.

  • chris chuba

    The torpedoes will come in handy against Iran’s speedboats, ballistic missiles, and mini-subs. If they use their cruise missiles then they will give cause for Iran to block all tanker traffice bound for the U.K.

  • Tommy Jensen

    As me and Bolton already have pointed out: Nuclear carpet bombing is the only thing that can resolve problems and make things move!
    But you guys preferred endless babbling meetings and paper work in nice air-condition offices.

    • FlorianGeyer


  • Joao Alfaiate

    Super! A nuclear submarine, just what’s needed to take on swift boats!

  • Xoli Xoli

    Gay Boris navy sends scrap metal to Persian gulf.Irans subs will rape that bloody shit smelling British submarines

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Zero practical use then.

  • Dontlietome

    Astute’s in theatre and has been for a while………………………the Iranians are listening very carefully……………… has anybody asked where their subs are ???????? Off the US coast and also watching the Israeli navy bases……………………………. well just saying