This is worse than I thought... And I may owe Specs a coke. It looks like the Iranians may be in the middle of it.
tennyson, on Jul 14 2006, 06:37 PM, said:
Israel: Iran Aided Hezbollah Ship Attack
Do you know the ship or have a link I could follow?
A missile fired by Hezbollah, not an unmanned drone laden with explosives, damaged an Israeli warship off Lebanon, the army said Saturday. Elite Iranian troops helped fire the missile, a senior Israeli intelligence official said.
The intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said about 100 Iranian soldiers are in Lebanon and helped fire the Iranian-made, radar-guided C-102 at the ship late Friday.
Crud that is an act of war on the part of Iran and I don’t think Israel can afford to ignore it.
It fits too. I can’t see a UAV drone getting the drop on a Saar V that is at action stations. They just aren’t fast enough to get under the Barak SAM system and CIWS mount. A SSM setup on shore in an ambush situation on a ship a few miles from the coast stands far more of a chance of a hit.
Rivergirl: Right now, we're stuck here. The airport is closed, there's a naval blockade and the main roads to Syria (the only way out over land) have been bombed. I've heard that the Syrians aren't issuing transit visas to Americans, but who knows how they feel about Canadians.
If you are a Canadian Citizen then keep in contact with the Embassy. I know several of the European Embassies are evacuating civilians.
The United States is also working on a plane to stage an embassy evacuation.
U.S. Embassy works on Lebanon evacuation
The good news for the US is we have a Gator based around the Saipan in the Adriatic Sea. They are there for an exercise named Adriatic Engagement 2005 that runs from July 11th to 30th. Known ships in the group are USS Saipan (LHA 2), rescue and salvage ship USS Grasp (ARS 51, USS Simpson (FFG 56), and I’ll try to get more as I can find it. I would expect that at least a CG and DDG is attached to the group, That way if they need to airlift out the embassy we have a Tico or Burke for air defense. USS Saipan website is down right now so I can't get more detailed info on the ESG.
I have to go to a party now for the entire afternoon and evening but I'll try to get a rundown going when I return.
Edited by CJ AEGIS, 15 July 2006 - 11:33 AM.
"History has proven too often and too recently that the nation which relaxes its defenses invites attack."
-Fleet Admiral Nimitz
"Their sailors say they should have flight pay and sub pay both -- they're in the air half the time, under the water the other half""
- Ernie Pyle: Aboard a DE