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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 8:31 p.m. PST

"The United States is accusing Iran of testing rockets near one of its aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf as it passed through the Straits of Hormuz. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) denounced the Iranian actions as "highly provocative." But could Iran actually sink one of the U.S. Navy's mighty flattops?

According to CENTCOM, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) naval vessels conducted live-fire drills less than 1,500 yards away from the Nimitz-class carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), the Arleigh Burke -class destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) destroyer and the French frigate FS Provence on Saturday. Moreover, civilian shipping traffic was in the area.

"Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional and inconsistent with international maritime law," said CENTCOM spokesman Commander Kyle Raines in a statement. He noted, however, that the Iranians were clearly not firing in the direction of the U.S. ships…."
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Thresher0126 Dec 2018 8:58 p.m. PST

Seems as if the Iranians want to participate in Operation Preying Mantis II.

RudyNelson26 Dec 2018 9:21 p.m. PST

Anything floating can be sunk.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

Would there still be an Iran if they did? I don't think so.

Choctaw27 Dec 2018 8:50 a.m. PST

That would have been an excellent time for the U.S. Navy to flex its considerable muscle and sink the goobers and their little boats.

28mm Fanatik27 Dec 2018 9:49 a.m. PST

The boats probably won't be worth the missiles expended to sink them, but that's beside the point.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2018 10:05 a.m. PST



Lion in the Stars27 Dec 2018 1:02 p.m. PST

Why use missiles, just drop some 2000lb training bombs on them.

But as far as sinking a carrier goes, the USS America SINKEX proved that even multiple Mk48 torpedo hits were not enough. And Mk48s blow up under the keel, snapping smaller ships in half!

It'd probably take a nuclear weapon to sink a carrier, and that's a whole new level of rage that Iran doesn't want to provoke.

Roderick Robertson Fezian29 Dec 2018 9:01 a.m. PST

You don't need to sink it, just force it back to a drydock. (sure, sinking is more photogenic, but really, getting rid of it from the local waters is a realistic goal).

Heck, even one hit on it, with a paintball, could be touted as a triumph.

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