Sputnik: Persian Gulf is No Place for US Navy


This handout image provided Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from the U.S. Navy purports to show an Iranian vessel making a close approach to a U.S. coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt, right. The U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots near the Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.

A US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots on Tuesday near an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf. Tehran slammed the incident as “a provocation.” In an interview with Sputnik, military expert Dmitry Litovkin said that the mere presence of US warships in the Gulf is fraught with unpredictable consequences.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) blamed the American vessel, the USS Thunderbolt, for provoking the tense encounter.

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS)
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It said that the US ship had come dangerously close to the Iranian naval ship on a patrol mission in international waters the north of the Gulf, and fired two warning shots “with the intention of provoking and intimidating” the Iranian sailors.According to Iran’s Press TV, the Iranian ship ignored the Americans’ “provocative and unprofessional act” and proceeded with its mission. The IRGC later said that the US ship had left the area.

In an interview with Radio Sputnik, military expert, Captain 3rd Rank, Dmitry Litovkin said that there is no place for the US Navy in the Persian Gulf.

“The Persian Gulf is very far away from US territorial waters. Still, it was the American ship that opened fire. Iran is washed by the Persian Gulf and has a security zone there, which it controls. What the US Navy is doing there is a very big question,” Litovkin said.

He added that the Americans have several big naval bases in the region, which apparently control oil traffic in the Gulf.

“From the standpoint of the International Law of the Seas, the Americans’ actions in the Gulf are absolutely illegal. What are they doing there? They are conducting a military operation in Iraq and trying to impose democracy on Syria. All the other countries in the region which are against this are thus seen as being in the way,” Litovkin noted.

He said that the US was doing much the same in other parts of the globe.

“I remember how a Russian fighter jet ”buzzed” a US destroyer in the Black Sea, turning on its electronic jammer and forcing the  shocked Americans to beat a hasty retreat. However, it was the US ship approaching our shores, not our plane flying towards the US coast. It’s a case of who is at home and who is not,” Dmitry Litovkin emphasized.

In a similar incident in August, Pentagon officials said Iranian speedboats had “harassed” US warships in the Strait of Hormuz. They claimed that Iranian boats moved close to two US Navy destroyers with their weapons uncovered in the strait in an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter.Based on the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Iran has the right to “decisively confront” any menacing passage through the Strait of Hormuz, according to IRGC second-in-command,  Brigadier General Hossein Salami then told Press TV.

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  1. This is why I laugh when American officials speak of other nations being aggressive. Again, it’s the US encroaching on Iranian territory and this time, firing warning shots? Sounds like a reckless act of aggression to me. What would happen if an Iranian ship showed up off the coast of Florida and fired “warning shots” at a US navy ship? The hysteria from the USG and mockingbird media would be unbearable. The double standards employed by the psychopaths in Washington on a daily basis, is downright disgusting. Someone needs to put the warmongers out of our misery.

  2. IF the USS Thunderbolt was equipped with the U.S. Navy’s new Laser Weapons System (LaWS), then the USS Thunderbolt captain might have good reason to get ‘spooked’ (regardless of the international legality of his supposedly-defensive actions).

    There’s a good possibility that the ‘accidental’-collision-disabled USS Fitzgerald traveling in Japanese waters also had LaWS aboard — and was intentionally disabled while in quasi-‘stealth’ mode. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFixfM46_7w & “Florida Maqui” channel YouTube videos. Depending on the range of LaWS, North Korean missiles might be easily disabled with the U.S. Navy’s LaWS.

    The AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System or XN-1 LaWS is a directed-energy weapon (DEW) developed by the U.S. Navy. A strongly-questioned >additional< 9/11 WTC-towers demolition method is DEW.

    In addition to disabling the USS Donald 'Duck'/Cook, Electro-Magneto-Gravitic (EMG) defenses can also disable U.S. drones over Iran and most/all US-coalition communications & weapons systems in Syria+.

    Fortunately for the USS Thunderbolt & other U.S. ships, neither Iran nor Russia have (yet) deployed EMG defensive systems in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Navy & others may not want to hold their breath… 😉

  3. The U.S. is now an outlaw nation; they give their middle finger to law. After all isn’t this what Adolf Trump did to bully his way to the top in New York with Mob lawyer Roy to keep him out of jail? One of these days the outlaw U.S. is going to be shamed in public and it won’t be pretty.

  4. Is the Navy better suitted to the open ocean putting its ships in front of huge container ships’ right of way?

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