Published on Sep 16, 2012 by SurvivalWithBushcraf
25 Nations Prepare For An Attack On Iran - War Ships Arriving
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Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.
Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world's petroleum traded by sea.
A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.
The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world's most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south.
In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.
The war games are the largest ever undertaken in the region.
They will practise tactics in how to breach an Iranian blockade of the strait and the force will also undertake counter-mining drills.
The multi-national naval force in the Gulf includes three US Nimitz class carrier groups, each of which has more aircraft than the entire complement of the Iranian air force.
The carriers are supported by at least 12 battleships, including ballistic missile cruisers, frigates, destroyers and assault ships carrying thousand of US Marines and special forces.
The British component consists of four British minesweepers and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cardigan Bay, a logistics vessel. HMS Diamond, a brand-new £1billion Type 45 destroyer, one of the most powerful ships in the British fleet, will also be operating in the region.
In addition, commanders will also simulate destroying Iranian combat jets, ships and coastal missile batteries.
In the event of war, the main threat to the multi-national force will come from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps navy, which is expected to adopt an "access-denial" strategy in the wake of an attack, by directly targeting US warships, attacking merchant shipping and mining vital maritime chokepoints in the Persian Gulf.
Defence sources say that although Iran's capability may not be technologically sophisticated, it could deliver a series of lethal blows against British and US ships using mini-subs, fast attack boats, mines and shore-based anti-ship missile batteries.
Next month, Iran will stage massive military manoeuvres of its own, to show that it is prepared to defend its nuclear installations against the threat of aerial bombardment.
Iran has been threatening Israel for some time now. It is believed that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear weapons.
The countries preparing for a strike against Iran include Great Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the United States. This is the largest “war games” ever in the region. There are three carrier groups in the Strait of Hormuz. Those carriers have at least 13 battleships, as well as destroyers, ballistic missile cruisers and assault ships. The carriers along have more aircraft than the entire Iranian Air Force.
The situation in the Middle East gets worse as Iran continues to threaten Israel.
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Should war break out, it is believed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps navy will target U.S. warships. It is also expected they would go after merchant ships.
The current violence against Americans and attacks on American embassies around the world by radical Muslims is only adding to the tension. With attacks from France to Australia, mostly concentrated in the Middle East and other Muslim countries, the situation in the Middle East is not improving. After the murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya and the storming of the embassy in Tunisia and Egypt as well as Sudan refusing to allow additional U.S. Marines to guard the American ebmassy, it is unknown what the future holds and whether or not a war is inevitable.