February 11, 2014

The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Adm. Afshin Rezayee Haddad, told Iranian media that the Irianian government would be sending ships to the Atlantic Ocean and into U.S. Maritime borders, which is 14 miles from land. The reason given was to protest the U.S.'s Fifth Fleet presence in the Persian Gulf.

"When they cross into the North Atlantic, we'll start the harassment," says Chris Harmer, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War.

Michael Connell director of Iranian studies at the center for Naval Analysis, stated that serious interactions happen about twice a year and this sort of cat and mouse game is common. 

Common? Maybe in the Persian Gulf, but allowing fully armed war ships in striking distance from our shores, especially near our Capital is scary to say the least.

 Iran currently has the Shahab-3 "Shooting Star" missile that had a range of 1,000 miles and is capable of accommodating a substantial warhead. Although it is commonly believed the Iranians do not have nuclear weapons, the possibility is great they do considering their uranium enrichment program, this is not something we should leave to chance. 

The U.S. Navy will have all eyes and hears glued to the convoy, given the Iranians antics to start war with the US Navy in the Persian Gulf, that included throwing cardboard boxes that were painted black to look like mines in front of US Warships or flying low over US ships with helicopters sending warnings over the radio,  the Navy will have to be prepared to counter any threat. 

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