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Two Iranian Ships, One Loaded With Fast Missile Craft Sailing Toward The Atlantic

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Two Iranian Ships, One Loaded With Fast Missile Craft Sailing Toward The Atlantic

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Two Iranian navy ships heading to the Americas are expected to soon enter the Atlantic Ocean, posing an alleged problem for the Biden Administration, according to a report by Politico on June 2nd.

Days earlier, the outlet reported that the US was surveilling the Makran, an oil tanker turned staging base, and an Iranian navy frigate believed to be headed for Venezuela.

H.I. Sutton and others reported that based on satellite imagery, the Makran has seven high-speed missile-attack craft strapped to its deck.

According to imagery provided to USNI News by Maxar, the Iranian Navy’s new forward-basing ship, IRINS Makran, was seen on April 28 after leaving its homeport with seven attack boats aboard.

“[Mistry spokesman] Saeed Khatibzadeh emphasized Iran’s legal right to go through all international seas,” according to a summary of a Monday press conference from the state-controlled Iran Press News Agency.

Khatibzadeh also warned the U.S. officials about any actions against Iranian ships.

Those boats seen in the satellite images match the characteristics of the Peykaap family of medium-sized fast attack craft (FAC) operated by the sectarian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN).

“The seven missile craft aboard Makran are each approximately 57 feet (17.5 meters) long and match the Peykaap family of medium-sized fast attack craft operated by Iran. There are several variations of these craft in Iranian service, although all are generally similar. The latest Peykaap-II type (also known as the Bavar class) is 57 feet long and can carry two anti-ship missiles and two 12.75 inch torpedoes. The missiles could be of the Kowsar or Nasr types, which are derived from Chinese models with a quite modest range of around 18 nautical miles.”

There has been concern that Venezuela may attempt to acquire ballistic missile technology from Iran. Some areas of the deck are now covered, so it has not been possible to assess the full cargo of the ship.

In March, U.S. Southern Command commander Adm. Craig Faller warned the Senate that the two countries have continued to expand cooperation to trade military resources.

“In the past year, Iran has expanded economic and security cooperation with Venezuela on fuel transfers, food staples, and military assistance, possibly expanding the Quds Force’s presence in the region,” Faller said in a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Tehran also relies on a system of Iranian state-sponsored and non-state facilitated media outlets to shape the information domain to generate empathy for Iran and Shia Islam and diminish Western influence in the hemisphere.”

CNN cited unnamed US officials who said that the Iranian ships were sailing in a confusing manner, and it was not exactly clear what was being done.

As the US tries to gauge Iran’s intentions, two sources say one working theory is that Iran is trying to tout its ability to operate in the Atlantic — a “hey, we are here and present” statement.

“This is not a Navy designed for blue water operations,” one of the defense officials said. The US military generally refers to “blue water” navies as those that can readily operate in open ocean at great distances from their home nations and support operations for extended periods.

The potential journey into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean would mark a step forward for Iran’s Navy, said Behnam Ben Taleblu, who watches the Iranian military for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.

“If this trip is successful … it doesn’t mean Iran will have a blue water navy right away, but it could represent a significant evolution in Iran’s conventional Navy, which has atrophied compared to the elite Revolutionary Guard Corps,” he said. Iranian officials have touted the Makran as an expeditionary forward base, a platform from which they could launch suicide drones, helicopters, attack craft and the like, Taleblu said.

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yuri

jens believes EVERYthing from CIA

Ams

Inshallah

USA destroys russia and china

Lol What’s the use lol

Arch Bungle

The same use as the early weapons the West funneled to jewish terrorists in Palestine.
The same use as Iranian weapons supplies to Hezbollah and Hamas.

i.e to kick the arse of the Anglo-Zio-American empire of evil.

✡︎ Millennial troll "Holocaust" Survivor ✡︎ 🤑👺💩

It goes up your fuking gay ass and we know how u like it.

yuri

4th world village culture populated by automatons, now so sexually repressed you sexually abuse mobile phones

CantArgueWithThat

Interesting developments. On one hand, Iran could be messing with US military strategists, like they do with Israel – ie, are the crates flying into Damascus airport this month full of weapon for Hezbollah, or just empty boxes in an obvious and diversionary warehouse? But on other hand, should Venezuela acquire both anti-ship missiles, and mobile platforms to launch them, the US may be considerably less cocky about imposing full naval blockades on Venezuelan economy.

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Jim Allen

Venezuela has a well equipped, well trained, modern military force. Venezuela uses Russian hardware, and everything was upgraded about the time the pair of White Swans visited Venezuela, and took a ride around the Caribbean. Caused a big stir in US.

TomSawyer

Sure ^^

L du Plessis

Everyone has a right to expand all ability and defences so theres no US oppression.

Jim Allen

Tell that to Yemen, jackass.

None of you

They will never be allowed to a free pass.

yuri

none of brains lives in durakistan—posts stupidity paid for by CIA

Christian J. Chuba

I assume they are delivering those fast boats to Venezuela, that they cannot launch them (but that would be really cool). This would allow Venezuela to defend their own coastline, which is absolutely no threat tot he U.S. unless the U.S. believes that it is our coastline.

Wwinsti

I’m pretty sure Venezuela can put together their own fast attack boats.
It’s the covered items that has the Pentagon clutching pearls. Another US administration *ahem* said they’d “go after” any Iranian ballistic missile tech brought into Venezuela.

TomSawyer

Will they reach it? haha ^^

Wwinsti

That might not even be the goal. Iran could have easily delivered parts via air.

Huck

Will you ever get a brain ,? hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa^^

yuri

incompetent amerikans attempt coups in Venezuela: failure
CIA creates victory coin to celebrate humiliation in bay of pigs
sexually repressed self loathing amerikans, morally degrades, psychologically impoverished devoid of culture believe standard of living, obesity ugliness, LGBT = freedom

Ivan Freely

A nothing burger but Washington will hyperventilate as usual.

Dick Von D'Astard

Ideal for Indian Ocean operations. Fast Attack Craft (FAC) mothership for interdiction and anti-piracy.

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