Western navies said planning major drill off coast of Iran

Illustrative photo of a US naval ship with the 5th fleet in the Persian Gulf (Courtesy of the United States Navy)

Illustrative photo of a US naval ship with the 5th fleet in the Persian Gulf (Courtesy of the United States Navy)

A joint strike group of American, British and French forces will conduct exercise next week, reportedly including simulation of conflict with Tehran

(SOURCE)  Western navies are planning a show of force off the coast of Iran next week with a large military exercise involving American, British and French forces, the Middle East Eye website reported Friday.

Exercise “Unified Trident,” which will reportedly involve a simulation of a confrontation with Iran, is intended to “enhance mutual capabilities, improve tactical proficiency and strengthen partnerships in ensuring the free flow of commerce and freedom of navigation,” according to US Naval Forces Central Command.

It will be held near the coast of Bahrain by Combined Task Force 50, and will involve aircraft carriers, destroyers and frigates from the three nations.

Iran has had numerous confrontations recently with US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf and around the Strait of Hormuz, with the most notable case being Iran’s capture of 10 US Navy sailors last January who had drifted into Iranian waters after experiencing mechanical problems.

Earlier this month a US Navy vessel fired three warning shots at a group of Iranian ships that approached the destroyer at high speed in the strait.

US defense officials said the USS Mahan called on the four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ships to slow down, but they continued to approach at high speed. This led the ship to fire flares and a helicopter dropped a “smoke float” signaling device, according to Reuters.

The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow waterway connecting the Persian Gulf to the Indian Sea through which a fifth of the world’s oil supply passes.

Iran has threatened to close off the strait in the past over tensions with the US, a move that would lead to turmoil in global oil markets.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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4 comments

  1. cliff

    Why fire “warning shots” 1… “warning shot”…then if they persist… blow them out of the water. We have the right to protect ourselves. THIS is the only act these animals understand.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Cliff!

      I agree with you, we cannot play games with these people, if we do not defend ourselves then they see this as weakness and will persist with further aggression. I don’t think President Trump will put up with their antics, at least I pray that he doesn’t.

      God bless!

      • cliff

        I really believe you are correct! There is INDEED a new “sheriff” in charge and will NOT put up with these shenanigans.

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