A 25-nation armada launches giant war game at Strait of Hormuz
Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz Sunday for a 12-day exercise, the largest ever held in the region. They will practice tactics for breaching an Iranian blockade of the strait, undertake counter-mining drills and simulate the destruction of Iranian combat jets, ships and coastal missile batteries. 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. It is estimated that after the exercise ends Sept. 27, the components of the exercise will not disperse but remain in place ready for any repercussions from a potential Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites.