"Iranian swarm" in the Strait of Hormuz, the US Navy is not a hindrance


The U.S. Navy confirmed that in the Strait of Hormuz in early December 2019, eighteen Iranian small ships (the “Iranian swarm”) were sailing alongside the American aircraft carrier group. This is evidenced by published satellite data.


The US Navy (US Navy) confirmed that “several” small Iranian ships passed near the aircraft carrier group when it was heading through the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Oman, but denied reports that any of the Iranian ships pursued or provoked warships by another way. The actions of the Iranian naval forces were described as measures taken in the framework of “normal behavior”.

“During the passage through the strait, several Iranian vessels followed American ships,” said Navy Center Public Relations Officer (NAVCENT) Joshua Frey of the US Navy in an email. - Their actions fit into the framework of a normal reaction for Iran and did not threaten the Abe strike group [aircraft carrier Avraam Lincoln].

Yet eighteen small ships passing in the immediate vicinity of the Lincoln and the accompanying group, The Drive believes, recall the risks inherent in each passage of the strait. "


In satellite image published The Drive, you can see 18 small ships sailing alongside the American Abraham Lincoln and accompanying ships in the Strait of Hormuz on December 4, 2019. Photo: Planet Labs Inc.

December 4, 2019 (the publication provides dates for Eastern Standard Time) PlanetScope satellite, owned by a private company Planet Labs, captured the Lincoln in the Strait of Hormuz. The image was distributed on social networks, which led to serious disputes in the intelligence community, and to open disputes. Some media outlets, including Iranian ones, picked up the message that the IRGC ships “pursued” or at least “escorted” the US Navy carrier group, and that was a “successful success” challenge to the United States amid a new surge of tension between two states.

Now this discussion has ended.

Commander Frey categorically denies Iranian boats committing any provocative maneuvers against an aircraft carrier or its escort ships. No one interfered with the transition of the group to the Gulf of Oman. The interaction between the US and Iranian courts was limited to ordinary requests, Frey explained.

US Navy warships are “always ready to defend themselves,” said a NAVCENT spokesman. According to him, the US Navy always has an increased readiness, "working" near Iran. And this is especially true “in the light of recent provocative, irresponsible and illegal actions in the maritime sphere”.

It is curious that a similar incident, which caused similar hype, already took place in the Strait of Hormuz. In September 2018, the strait passed aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt with an escort. Then the Iranian state media released a video allegedly showing how Iranian boats “intrusively” pursue the aircraft carrier group. However, the US Navy did not respond to these statements.
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  1. svp67 29 December 2019 09: 59 New
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    Strange, as that statement is not in the spirit of the Americans. Decided to change the rhetoric? To reduce the degree of confrontation?
    1. Aaron Zawi 29 December 2019 10: 08 New
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      Quote: svp67
      Strange, as that statement is not in the spirit of the Americans. Decided to change the rhetoric? To reduce the degree of confrontation?

      Well no. Just this time they printed a comment from a professional, not from an "expert".
      1. Observer2014 29 December 2019 10: 11 New
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        Quote: Aaron Zawi
        Quote: svp67
        Strange, as that statement is not in the spirit of the Americans. Decided to change the rhetoric? To reduce the degree of confrontation?

        Well no. Just this time they printed a comment from a professional, not from an "expert".

        laughing good Ha ha ha! That's it. Comrade Aron Zaavi. With you coming. hi
        1. Shurik70 29 December 2019 10: 53 New
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          And no “unprofessional maneuvers” to you.
          The referent will be dismissed that he has officially prepared the message. Unprofessionally worked.
      2. svp67 29 December 2019 12: 34 New
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        Quote: Aaron Zawi
        Just this time they printed a comment from a professional, not from an "expert".

        Well tady OH! good
        With upcoming drinks
        1. Aaron Zawi 29 December 2019 14: 01 New
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          Quote: svp67
          Quote: Aaron Zawi
          Just this time they printed a comment from a professional, not from an "expert".

          Well tady OH! good
          With upcoming drinks

          Mutually. drinks
          1. svp67 29 December 2019 14: 02 New
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            Quote: Aaron Zawi
            Mutually.

            Thank you
    2. bessmertniy 29 December 2019 10: 13 New
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      With the Arabs, even the moderate, the United States somehow cooled because of Jerusalem. Therefore, finally beating pots with Iran is not the best way for Americans. Therefore, it is in their interests to gently reduce the intensity of their relations with this country. Moreover, Iran is negotiable. It was the United States itself that imposed sanctions and broke the agreement with him, believing that Iran was violating the agreement on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. hi
      1. Nyrobsky 29 December 2019 10: 54 New
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        Quote: bessmertniy
        With the Arabs, even the moderate, the United States somehow cooled because of Jerusalem. Therefore, finally beating pots with Iran is not the best way for Americans. Therefore, it is in their interests to gently reduce the intensity of their relations with this country. Moreover, Iran is negotiable.

        Something like this. As if the Americans there didn’t give up arms, but just in case they consider coordinating the passage of their ships with Iran just in case.
        The interaction between the US and Iranian courts was limited to ordinary requests, Frey explained.
    3. Boris Chernikov 30 December 2019 23: 13 New
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      They have two modes:
      1) ahhh, they will destroy us, we are weak! Give money
      2) we are strong, we will tear everyone, they are weaklings ..
      Remember the story from last year’s presentation, when VovVovych talked about our rocket developments, what happened? There were almost the same people in the USA at the beginning of the week saying that this was nonsense and there was nothing to be afraid of, the USA had the most powerful missile forces, fleet and air force and in the end they already demanded money for the development of new missiles, for the USA will destroy Putin here ..
  2. 9PA
    9PA 29 December 2019 10: 08 New
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    Elephant and Pug
    1. Siberia 75 29 December 2019 10: 15 New
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      Elephant and Pug

      You mean the striped boats next to a serious military power.
      1. 9PA
        9PA 29 December 2019 11: 36 New
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        No) I mean a powerful strike group capable of destroying the coastal infrastructure of Iran and a mosquito rechflot
      2. Altai72 29 December 2019 13: 05 New
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        Since when did the American fleet become striped boats, and Iran a serious Power? Do you believe in your own comparison? Well, not so much))
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    1. Blackmokona 29 December 2019 11: 09 New
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      And what are they afraid of in peacetime?
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        1. Blackmokona 29 December 2019 11: 34 New
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          And how often does the United States destroy the foreign export of its AUG? It seems that this has never happened in all of its history. Despite a million cases of excursion. No risk.
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            1. Blackmokona 29 December 2019 13: 38 New
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              Who is Israel to demand something from the USA?
              If they decide to atomize Iran, they will atomize, they will not decide not to atomize.
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                1. Blackmokona 29 December 2019 14: 49 New
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                  All Fed managers are appointed personally by the US President, and what does Israel have to do with it?

                  And what will Russia do if tomorrow the United States smoothes Iran’s cities with nuclear fire? Will express concern?
    2. Altai72 29 December 2019 13: 06 New
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      But the Americans do not need to shoot on Iranian boats. They have their own task and they follow the course. The Iranians would have pulled another thing if not dumb. After all, it was the AUG that passed right at their border.
  5. prior 29 December 2019 10: 25 New
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    Inspired by ....
    Anecdote:
    What color is Uzbek pilaf?
    That's right - black.
    Why?
    It is enough to remove a hand and annoying flies .......
  6. Jack O'Neill 29 December 2019 14: 02 New
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    Iranian fish surveillance.) Well seriously, these kayaks are very difficult to count the Navy.)