4 articles tagged "US Fifth Fleet"
Iranian mock-up of aircraft carrier.
Iran is building a mock-up of the USS Nimitz-class nuclear carrier near Bandar Abbas
DEBKAfile Special Report March 23, 2014

When President Obama sent New Year greetings to the Iranian people on March 20, US satelliteswere recording a mockup of Iran's first aircraft carrier in mid-work at the Revolutionary Guards naval base of Bandar Abbas. It was modeled on a US Nimitz-class super-carrier, which is nuclear powered, 330 meters long and carries 3,000 naval and air crew and 85-90 fighter craft and helicopters. The Iranian mockup is still crude. But, says debkafile, Iran has surprised the world before by copying, developing and operating advanced surveillance drones and cyber war capabilities.

Repaired Saudi-Iraq pipeline bypasses Hormuz
EU oil embargo on Iran takes effect. Gulf braced for backlash, Hormuz closure
DEBKAfile Special Report July 1, 2012

The European oil embargo taking effect Sunday, July 1 blocks the sale to EU members of one-third of Iran’s daily output of 3.3 million barrels a day. From now on, EU insurance firms withhold cover from governments and firms operating tankers delivering Iranian oil. The embargo was clamped down after diplomatic efforts failed to halt Iran’s nuclear weapon program. Gulf armies led by Saudi Arabia are on alert for reprisals.  Two oil pipelines have been activated to bypass the Strait of Hormuz if it is blocked.

A naval mine
Iran raises anti-US threat level. Israel's C-of-S warns of potential for regional war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 29, 2011

Dep. Chief of the Iran's Revolutionary Guards Gen. Hossein Salami Thursday, Dec. 29, warned: "The United States is in no position to tell Tehran what to do in the Strait of Hormuz. Any threat will be responded [to] by threat." Earlier, a US air carrier entered the Sea of Oman where Iran is conducting a big naval drill.  In Israel, chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz spoke of the mounting potential of a regional conflict, adding Israel could not afford to stay on the defensive.

Saudi King Abdullah
Saudi Arabia Virtually Annexes Bahrain, Will Build a Missile-Naval Base opposite Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2011

Saudi Arabia ranges defenses against Iran, is willing to swap gesture favoring coalition operation in Libya for recognition of its takeover of Bahrain.

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