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Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« on: April 22, 2020, 10:07:18 »
The IRG is now on notice.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-says-hes-instructed-navy-to-destroy-any-iranian-gunboats-harassing-us-ships

Trump says he's instructed Navy to 'destroy' any Iranian gunboats harassing US ships

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2020, 10:08:17 »
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2020, 11:13:23 »

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2020, 11:16:17 »
Would not conducting an exercise near their territorial waters, that included an Expeditionary Support Base with embarked ground attack helicopters, be a valid course of action to prevent harassment by them?

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2020, 11:20:33 »
Perennially, its always a useful distraction to beat up the IRG when things don't look so good at home, and it coolant happen to more deserving people. 
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2020, 11:34:27 »
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2020, 11:41:45 »
Not sure though if a tweet actually changes their ROEs...

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/22/trump-says-he-told-navy-to-destroy-iranian-boats-harassing-us-ships-200385

It's almost like a person can near simultaneously issue direction via the proper channels that the general public doesn't seen, and send a tweet that the public does see.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2020, 11:52:46 »
It's almost like a person can near simultaneously issue direction via the proper channels that the general public doesn't seen, and send a tweet that the public does see.

Except in his case he’s tweeted plenty of stuff that hasn’t been backed up by any official direction and caused confusion.

For the record, I am on board with the idea.  Long overdue.  The question is have the ROEs changed to reflect that. 
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2020, 14:00:20 »
Would not conducting an exercise near their territorial waters, that included an Expeditionary Support Base with embarked ground attack helicopters, be a valid course of action to prevent harassment by them?

I think ESB is what is there. The USS Lewis B Puller.  (You would think Chesty would have rated an Amphib not upfitted tanker?) Plus Bataan and Eisenhower are in the area.

This is the video I  think that started the President

https://news.usni.org/2020/04/15/video-iranian-attack-boats-harass-u-s-navy-coast-guard-vessels-in-persian-gulf




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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2020, 14:15:15 »
Except in his case he’s tweeted plenty of stuff that hasn’t been backed up by any official direction and caused confusion.

For the record, I am on board with the idea.  Long overdue.  The question is have the ROEs changed to reflect that.

If the US does ROE like we do, its classified (ours is SECRET). So we'll never know if there was official direction.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2020, 14:31:15 »
Great let's start a war now to!  I'm not saying I'm supporting what Iran does but I don't think they need to start having more aggressive ROE right now.  Trump is going to do anything possible to try and shift some of the medias attention away from his shitty handling of the COVID-19 issues.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2020, 14:57:01 »
Great let's start a war now to!  I'm not saying I'm supporting what Iran does but I don't think they need to start having more aggressive ROE right now.  Trump is going to do anything possible to try and shift some of the medias attention away from his shitty handling of the COVID-19 issues.

I don't see that at all.  I think total opposite.  He's wanting to say to the different actors out there...The US is busy right now, don't be temped to do something or push the limits.  Same in thing the SCS and other places.  I think it is pro active. 

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2020, 14:58:49 »
Great let's start a war now to!  I'm not saying I'm supporting what Iran does but I don't think they need to start having more aggressive ROE right now.  Trump is going to do anything possible to try and shift some of the medias attention away from his shitty handling of the COVID-19 issues.

One can only take so many punches to the nose before one has to strike back. Iran has been doing this to the USA for a very long time.
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2020, 15:03:44 »
I think the tweet is aimed at the IRGC and the senior naval staff, you have your ROE's, but if your not sure your administration has your back, then perhaps you will interpret them cautiously. I expect the US to start firing more warning shots and eventually a small vessel is going to be sunk and they will back off for awhile. Likely they will grab some merchant ship from another nation as retaliation, as much sense as that makes... 

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2020, 15:14:09 »
I think the tweet is aimed at the IRGC and the senior naval staff, you have your ROE's, but if your not sure your administration has your back, then perhaps you will interpret them cautiously. I expect the US to start firing more warning shots and eventually a small vessel is going to be sunk and they will back off for awhile. Likely they will grab some merchant ship from another nation as retaliation, as much sense as that makes...

This has been going on forever.  I was called on Guard in 2001 by an Iranian ship telling me I was operating illegally and to contact them.  We told our ship and ignored them.  Granted, we were in there TTW, but we were operating legally in a transit passage.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2020, 15:39:21 »
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"I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea," Trump tweeted.

How do you "shoot down" a boat? ???

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2020, 15:44:36 »
Great let's start a war now to!  I'm not saying I'm supporting what Iran does but I don't think they need to start having more aggressive ROE right now.  Trump is going to do anything possible to try and shift some of the medias attention away from his shitty handling of the COVID-19 issues.

This is what can happen when you let hostile small-craft too close to big navy ships.





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The destroyer's rules of engagement, as approved by the Pentagon, kept her guards from firing upon the small boat (which was not known to be loaded with explosives) as it neared them without first obtaining permission from Cole's captain or another officer.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2020, 15:48:18 »
How do you "shoot down" a boat? ???

You shoot a hole in it, and it goes down to the bottom of the ocean.  ;D

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2020, 15:49:10 »
You shoot a hole in it, and it goes down to the bottom of the ocean.  ;D

Touché!  :salute:


That said, on a serious note, I'm surprised they were allowed that close.  Maybe time to take a page out of the Japanese whaling industry's play book and get some sonic disruptors, for a nice non-kinetic(ish) solution? :nod:

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2020, 16:25:00 »
How do you "shoot down" a boat? ???

The IRG have flying gun boats now...especially if they're operating in a swell.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2020, 17:43:42 »
This is what can happen when you let hostile small-craft too close to big navy ships.





Yes, but that didn't happen recently, why were these new ROE's not implemented then?  I think Trump is just trying to do something to deflect some of the media coverage away from COVID-19 because he doesn't have a clue what he's doing.  If this doesn't work, he'll attack Venezuela or someone else soon.  I'm serious.
I also wanted to add that he's also probably doing this to see if it can cause the price of oil to go up.


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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2020, 18:03:23 »
When I was on CHA in the goo back in 2001, we had a 'OMG' moment with a bunch of small boats (I recall it being between 5-10) that were lying doggo waiting for us to approach.  They were VERY low to the water and were practically invisible to radar, and visual until they starting moving...they got to within a mile of us when they were maneuvering.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2020, 19:33:41 »
Yes, but that didn't happen recently, why were these new ROE's not implemented then?  I think Trump is just trying to do something to deflect some of the media coverage away from COVID-19 because he doesn't have a clue what he's doing.  If this doesn't work, he'll attack Venezuela or someone else soon.  I'm serious.
I also wanted to add that he's also probably doing this to see if it can cause the price of oil to go up.

Stellar, you know as do others that I am no fan of the POTUS.  Maybe he is deflecting I don’t know.  But Iranian patrol boats have aggressively harrased US warships on purpose.  Countries like Iran will test the limits during chaotic times.  While COVID 19 is the main crisis, he can’t just ignore other problems that predate COVID and still continue During COVID.

I find myself defending this action.  Not everything he does is deflection but I can see why people might think it is. 
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2020, 20:15:45 »
Stellar, you know as do others that I am no fan of the POTUS.  Maybe he is deflecting I don’t know.  But Iranian patrol boats have aggressively harrased US warships on purpose.  Countries like Iran will test the limits during chaotic times.  While COVID 19 is the main crisis, he can’t just ignore other problems that predate COVID and still continue During COVID.

I find myself defending this action.  Not everything he does is deflection but I can see why people might think it is.

You could be right and if he gave this order a few months ago I wouldn't have thought anything about it.  I'm just suspicious of everything Trump does.  Someone told they think Trump is behind this virus to help his re-election, I don't believe that but if it was ever revealed to be true, I wouldn't be surprised.  Hope I'm clear as to what I mean.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2020, 21:08:16 »
Yes, but that didn't happen recently, why were these new ROE's not implemented then?  I think Trump is just trying to do something to deflect some of the media coverage away from COVID-19 because he doesn't have a clue what he's doing.  If this doesn't work, he'll attack Venezuela or someone else soon.  I'm serious.
I also wanted to add that he's also probably doing this to see if it can cause the price of oil to go up.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2020, 21:16:32 »
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2020, 21:43:18 »
I try to view this from the 2 main perspectives, and agree with both sides of the posters above.


1.  Iranian boats have been harassing USN & allied ships in the region for years and years.  The small boat swarm tactics are nothing new, and Iran's tactics of seizing tankers isn't new.  This really is just business as usual in the Persian Gulf, along the Iranian coastline.

Yes, it's unprofessional.  Yes, it absolutely has the possibility to turn deadly at any moment, as USN & allied ships in the region never know the intent of the Iranian boats.  Is this the day one of them opens fire to send a message?  Is this the day one of them rams a ship, re: USS Cole?


With the constant, sensationalized American MSM hyper-focused on COVID related issues.  This might not be a bad way to deflect some attention away from those issues, onto something else.

Instead of the American MSM talking about COVID 24hrs a day, they may now talk about it for only 20hrs a day, or 22hrs a day.  And take some time to focus on Trump getting tough with Iran - and yes, for good reason, re: USS Cole.  (By reminding Americans of the events of the USS Cole, the President can & should communicate that this is about protecting American service members from needless and cowardly acts of violence.)



2.  On the other hand, with the obvious example being the USS Cole, more forceful force protection measures should be in place and enforced if need be.  I don't think anybody on the board is disagreeing with that, and I didn't see anything in stellarpanther's post where he disagreed with the direction from President Trump.  He just questioned the timing.

I can see how the timing could be interpreted as suspect to some.  If memories of the USS Cole, and not wanting a repeat of that incident to happen, these force protection measures could have been in place YEARS ago.  Why now, all of a sudden, are USN ships being directed to engage Iranian small boats that may potentially pose a threat, and not 3 years ago when he took office?  (If, again, memories the USS Cole incident are sparking this new direction.)



Are the new force protection measures warranted?  I'd say yes, absolutely.  Small boats, armed with heavy machine guns, can still kill a lot of sailors before they are engaged in return.  (Not to mention, firing on helicopters, or critical systems on ships such as radars, communication masts, etc.)  We all know the outcome if it's laden with explosives.

Can the timing be interpreted as suspect, given what happened recently isn't anything new or noteworthy?  I could say yes to that too. 


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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2020, 21:48:24 »
Are the new force protection measures warranted?  I'd say yes, absolutely.  Small boats, armed with heavy machine guns, can still kill a lot of sailors before they are engaged in return.  (Not to mention, firing on helicopters, or critical systems on ships such as radars, communication masts, etc.)  We all know the outcome if it's laden with explosives.

Can the timing be interpreted as suspect, given what happened recently isn't anything new or noteworthy?  I could say yes to that too. 

Agreed.  If something major happened, sure.  But announcing it now seems like deflection.
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2020, 22:06:44 »
MAYBE it didn't happen recently. BUT 17 SAILORS DIED NEEDLESSLY, OR DO YOU CARE?

JESUS F&*K.

What a stupid question.  I can't even believe I'm responding to it but yes I care whenever I hear of someone dying and regardless of what country they are from.


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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2020, 22:07:13 »
When in doubt, the simplest is often the right answer.  The latest swarming just happened and it was more boats closer than in the recent past.  The ROA since Trump has been in office has been shoot if you have to but every captain out there was always second guessing 'cause if he got it wrong his career was down the toilet.  All Trump has done is remove the threat of court marshal and put meaning into the expression 'stop or I'll shoot'.   Good on him.  As for timing, between blowing up a general, slamming the Chinese, calling Kim names, insulting Nancy etc. he has pretty well filled his time since election, I don't find the timing of this missive particularly suspect.  I would be more worried if a week had gone by without some kind of slam.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2020, 22:25:27 »
When in doubt, the simplest is often the right answer.  The latest swarming just happened and it was more boats closer than in the recent past.  The ROA since Trump has been in office has been shoot if you have to but every captain out there was always second guessing 'cause if he got it wrong his career was down the toilet.  All Trump has done is remove the threat of court marshal and put meaning into the expression 'stop or I'll shoot'.   Good on him...

This. Not a particular fan of 45, however...given the recency (just last week) of the notable escalation of proximity, and fully in International Waters (outside the 12nm Territorial Waters), this was the CinC addressing an escalation of ROE.  Good.  Commanders in the field will have greater clarity/confidence in how to address the developing situation without being thrown under the bus if something happens and Tehran tries to troll America.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2020, 22:28:06 »
Let's not forget that Iran is also having their own internal COVID-19 related issues that they aren't fully disclosing to the world. This is also an opportune moment for them to be willing to have things escalate in a way that they can spin as them being the victims of the Great Satan in order to take some of the heat and light off of their mismanagement of the response to the virus in their own country
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #33 on: April 23, 2020, 06:22:09 »
An attempt to more nuanced by the CJCS: https://news.usni.org/2020/04/22/pentagon-leaders-say-trump-tweet-on-iranian-attack-boats-was-important-warning#more-75687

The presence of the US Navy (and other's, including ours) ensuring access up to TTW (and other maritime law, like transit passage) is long standing, and I support that, and have even done it.  And as long as protective action is reasonable, and escalated in a controlled way, I support that as well.  Iran must be contained.

However, this is their back yard.  ESB Lewis Puller is a different beast.  It is meant to support litoral maneuver, and was exercising same, just off their coast.  That action taken against most other nations would be harassment.  I would expect them react; but I would also expect them to operate in a professional manner.  Which they seem incapable of doing.

Sinking one of these gunboats in any way other than part of a coherent strategy of containment is dangerous, and there is a chance it won't come with a price.  Iran has a very significant arsenal of shore based anti ship missiles, and Lewis Puller is a big fat target.  It's a converted civilian oil tanker that is not meant to operate in a contested environment crewed by civilians, not an LHA.

My feeling is that the president tweeting a warning, that was obviously not well thought through (see "shoot down") is *not* part of a coherent strategy of containment.

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #34 on: April 23, 2020, 07:21:58 »
We’re they in TTW?  I thought they were in IW, West of the Straits of Hormuz?  A Transit Passage Ex in TTW north of the centerline
Split between Iran and the UAE would be bear-poking, especially if the Ex part has them hanging around or manoeuvring on the Iranian side of the Strait’s mid-point dividing line.  Was this the case (in the Iranian portion of the Strait of Hormuz)? 

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #35 on: April 23, 2020, 07:43:28 »
We’re they in TTW?  I thought they were in IW, West of the Straits of Hormuz?  A Transit Passage Ex in TTW north of the centerline
Split between Iran and the UAE would be bear-poking, especially if the Ex part has them hanging around or manoeuvring on the Iranian side of the Strait’s mid-point dividing line.  Was this the case (in the Iranian portion of the Strait of Hormuz)?

Not to my knowledge.  I meant we should have access to international waters up to their TTW, and transit passage in the Straights Of Hormuz within their TTW.

One issue is they claim straight baselines which Canada recognizes and the US doesn't.  *If* they were outside of what the US recognizes, and inside what Iran claims, that becomes sticky.  But there is no indication of that either.
 

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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
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Re: Trump Orders USN To Destroy Iranian Gunboats
« Reply #37 on: April 25, 2020, 22:08:49 »
Gunships on stand by but the warships are capable of sinking the IRG. I think helicopter gunships might be more useful.

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