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    Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

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    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday.
    Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, quoted by the ISNA news agency, made the announcement five days after Iran said it test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), putting Israel and U.S. bases in the area within reach.
    Iran said on May 14 it had sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect oil tankers from the world's fifth-largest crude exporter against attacks by pirates but ISNA did not make clear whether they were among the six Sayyari talked about.
    Iranian waters stretch along the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman. Iran has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, through which about 40 percent of the world's traded oil is shipped, if it were attacked over its nuclear programme.
    "Iran has dispatched six ... warships to international waters and the Gulf of Aden region in an historically unprecedented move by the Iranian Navy," Sayyari told a gathering of armed forces officials, IRNA reported.
    Sayyari said that preserving Iran's territorial integrity in its southern waters called for the "perseverance and firmness" of the navy.
    The move to dispatch the warships "is indicative of the country's high military capability in confronting any foreign threat on the country's shores," Sayyari said.
    Well, I guess the diplomatic approach isn't going to work. What's Hillary doing about this?
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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_Iranian_Navy_Vessels"]List of current ships of the Iranian Navy[/ame]

    Doesn't look like she needs to do much. A stiff sneeze will pretty much sink the Iranian navy.

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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

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    Well, I guess the diplomatic approach isn't going to work. What's Hillary doing about this?
    So? its not as if they,re doing anything illegal (or unusual for that matter)

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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    List of current ships of the Iranian Navy

    Doesn't look like she needs to do much. A stiff sneeze will pretty much sink the Iranian navy.
    Pretty much. If you understand the geography (which I'm guessing 95% of the people here don't), four large old container ships pose far more of a threat than Iran's entire navy.
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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    A BMW with really loud speakers probably has more firepower then the Iranian navy.
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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Well, I guess the diplomatic approach isn't going to work. What's Hillary doing about this?
    Hopefully nothing. This is none of our business.

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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Pretty much. If you understand the geography (which I'm guessing 95% of the people here don't), four large old container ships pose far more of a threat than Iran's entire navy.
    They are headed for the Strait of Hormuz, which has enough navy around it to end any threat Iran might pose. I forget all the straits on the route to the Arabian(Persian) Gulf, but that was one of them.

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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    I am Iran's Navy, and I am hurt (emotionally) by all the things said here.

    So what if I am small, poorly equipped, and less experienced? It's not about the size, nor the strength, it's about how effective the admiral is behind the sea-men. I can drive my navy down the Mississippi river, if need by, and not even touch her Canal wall's.



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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    Myself, I think it's a great move. For more reasons than one.

    1. I think more ships should be in the Gulf of Arden protecting/escorting valuable cargo passing through from pirates.

    2. It brings their Navy out in the open to observe and study.

    3. If they are there, they can't be anywhere else. Sitting ducks, if you will. Meanwhile, the underside of their belly is left partially exposed.

    Just your usual pan-arab sabre rattling politics. Must be close to election time over there.

    Move along. Nothing to see here.

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    Re: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Myself, I think it's a great move. For more reasons than one.

    1. I think more ships should be in the Gulf of Arden protecting/escorting valuable cargo passing through from pirates.

    2. It brings their Navy out in the open to observe and study.

    3. If they are there, they can't be anywhere else. Sitting ducks, if you will. Meanwhile, the underside of their belly is left partially exposed.

    Just your usual pan-arab sabre rattling politics. Must be close to election time over there.

    Move along. Nothing to see here.
    except my wit. And it's about the size of the Iranian Navy.
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