Iran military warns US aircraft carrier to stay away from Persian Gulf – Telegraph

A US aircraft carrier currently deployed in the Middle East should “not return” to its base in the Gulf, the head of Iran’s armed forces declared on Tuesday, adding ominously there would be no repeat warning.

“Iran will not repeat its warning … the enemy’s carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasise to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf,” Salehi told IRNA.

“I advise, recommend and warn them (the Americans) over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once,” the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Salehi as saying.

via Iran military warns US aircraft carrier to stay away from Persian Gulf – Telegraph.

All hat, no cattle.

Seriously, a confrontation would be just about the second shortest naval war on record, second only to the 1988 Operation Praying Mantis. 

9 thoughts on “Iran military warns US aircraft carrier to stay away from Persian Gulf – Telegraph”

  1. I have no doubt the Iranians could hurt us, but that’s about all they could do. We could destroy them, by way of comparison. So I don’t look for much to happen.

  2. They could take out a carrier, or one of the escorts, in the straits and that is worrisome because then with our current leadership, what do you expect the response to be? I have little confidence that our current CinC would do take effective action.

  3. Bring a “Boomer” into the Subsurface Persian Gulf and make the “Gulf of Iran”? Let me ponder that one.

  4. Grumpy, I would prefer nuclear tipped Tomahwks from a Los Angeles class. No SLBM launch signatures seen by Chicom or Ruskie satelites means plausible deniabilty.

  5. I expect the CinC to do…. nothing, unless he’s calculating that a war would enhance his popularity.

  6. Spad13, Don’t forget, we still have people in the region. I understand the the emotion, but plausible deniability is harder than you would think. The real risk for the Iran is not from us, but Saudi Arabia. It would be great to simply say, “Chit happens!”

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