War Royal Navy thwarts Iranian intercept of British tanker - HMS Montrose prevented a major international incident

mindlessobserver

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I guess Britannia is not entirely gone from the waves. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps fast attack boats attempted to intercept a UK Flagged vessel, British Heritage. Unfortunately, or perhaps very fortunately, the tanker was five miles away from the HMS Montrose, a Royal Navy frigate that intercepted the Iranian vessels who retreated. I would love to get the transcript of Montrose' radio transmissions to the Iranians. Betting it was something along the lines of "fuck off or die".


A British warship prevented an apparent attempt by five Iranian small boats to direct a British oil tanker towards Iranian waters on Wednesday, according to two U.S. officials.

The incident is the first provocative action since Iranian officials warned of consequences after the United Kingdom seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar that was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of international sanctions.

The United Kingdom flagged oil tanker British Heritage was in the eastern Persian Gulf on its way towards the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday afternoon when it was approached by five small Iranian craft, said the two U.S. officials.


The Iranians radioed the British Heritage to change course and move towards Iranian territorial waters.


HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was five miles away monitoring the tanker's transit when the Iranian boats approached.

"We refer you the U.K. Ministry of Defense for further information on this. Threats to international freedom of navigation require an international solution. The world economy depends on the free flow of commerce, and it is incumbent on all nations to protect and preserve this lynchpin of global prosperity," Urban added.


The British warship sped towards the tanker’s location and got in between the five Iranian boats and the British tanker, said the U.S. officials. The crew of the Montrose radioed the Iranians to break off their contact, which they did. The Montrose then continued to escort the British Heritage on its route through the Strait of Hormuz.


The U.S. officials described the small Iranian craft as belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran's paramilitary force that routinely harasses shipping in the Persian Gulf area. The United States has also blamed the IRGC for being behind the mine attacks on several merchant ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May and June.


“We are aware of the reports of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp Navy's FAC/FIAC harassment and attempts to interfere with the passage of the U.K.-flagged merchant vessel British Heritage today near the Strait of Hormuz," said Captain Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesperson.
In the wake of the attack, Iranian officials had used bellicose language hinting at retaliation that culminated on Wednesday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warning Britain there would be "consequences" for the seizure of the Iranian oil tanker.

On Tuesday, General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that the U.S. and its allies were continuing discussions about putting together a maritime coalition to protect commercial shipping in the Gulf region from any Iranian threats.

One proposal calls for commercial ships to be escorted by their country's Navy, while the United States military would provide situational awareness and coordination for coalition ships.

here have been heightened tensions between the United States and Iran since early May when an aircraft carrier and a bomber task force were dispatched to the Middle East to counter new intelligence that suggested Iran and its affiliated groups were planning attacks against U.S. interests in the region.

Two weeks ago, the tensions almost resulted in U.S. military airstrikes ordered by President Donald Trump against Iranian missile batteries that had shot down a Global Hawk reconnaissance drone.

President Trump canceled those airstrikes, saying the casualties they would have inflicted were not proportional to the shoot-down of the unarmed drone.
 
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mindlessobserver

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What is even the end goal here? What does Iran have to gain by attacking sjips like this. Are they trying to provoke a war, or are they actually so desperate for resources that they're resorting to piracy?

Probably an attempt to retaliate for their ship being seized by the UK off Gibraltar.

 

Alto

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Good to see the toothless old corgi still has some bite left in him. It's nice when Britain does something mildly badass for a change.
 

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Al Jazeera is reporting that Montrose did in fact lock guns on the Iranians and issued a fire warning.


"The Royal Navy HMS Montrose, which was also there, pointed it guns at the boats and warned them over radio, at which point they dispersed," one of the officials with the knowledge of the incident told Reuters news agency
 

pwnest injun

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It's weird how they quote Urban as Urban, and then introduce him later in the article as Cpt. Bill Urban, US CenCom spokesperson. It's like they want to pretend to have a primary source instead of a propagandist, so they push the mention down the line until well after they've introduced the claims.

It's bad journalism... Why are they fucking around like that?
 
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They're obviously not Iranian. It's a false flag so the US can invade it.
A US invasion of Iran would be an unmitigated disaster that would kill tens of thousands of American soldiers.
I don't see Trump doing that. The Pentagon may be pushing it, but Trump's been consistent in not starting pointless wars. I doubt a false flag against a British ship would make the American people angry enough to justify invasion.
 

Übertroon

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Why do people act like this is unprecedented? The Iranians have done their best to make shipping in that particular area difficult since the cold war.
If your ship drifts as much as a centimeter into their waters and they'll send all their shitty PT boats after you
 

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A US invasion of Iran would be an unmitigated disaster that would kill tens of thousands of American soldiers.
I don't see Trump doing that. The Pentagon may be pushing it, but Trump's been consistent in not starting pointless wars. I doubt a false flag against a British ship would make the American people angry enough to justify invasion.
Build support for a coalition of the willing. Also an invasion of Iran would be a cakewalk. Their army is shit, their navy is shit, and their air force is F-14s with no spare parts and 50 year old missiles, i.e shit.

There is literally nothing the Iranians could do to stop the US from bombing them with impunity.
 

Inquisitor_BadAss

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With all the shit that goes on with piracy these days boats should be armed or have armed guards. Snackbar and his Somali butt buddies would think twice about approaching if they were always met with machine guns.
 

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With all the shit that goes on with piracy these days boats should be armed or have armed guards. Snackbar and his Somali butt buddies would think twice about approaching if they were always met with machine guns.
Unfortunately these aren't Somali pirates on skiffs. They're heavily armed military speedboats with relatively decently trained men.

Most container ships that have armed security have like 3 dudes with rifles.
 
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Arctic Fox

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Build support for a coalition of the willing. Also an invasion of Iran would be a cakewalk. Their army is shit, their navy is shit, and their air force is F-14s with no spare parts and 50 year old missiles, i.e shit.

There is literally nothing the Iranians could do to stop the US from bombing them with impunity.
Uh, no. The terrain makes an invasion a staggeringly difficult endeavor. Iraq is flat desert connected by highways. Iran is on a natural plateau, with all ground travel done through natural chokepoints.
Their army is well equipped, trained, and experienced. With a national population of 80 million. Nearly three times that of Iraq. And a modern army size of 650 thousand.
The US Would win, but it would be pointlessly bloody and a international embarrassment.
 
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