Iran would ‘hit US warships’ at war
Sun, 30 Nov 2008 19:21:06 GMT Super-carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the Persian Gulf to support operations of the US 5th Fleet, located in Bahrain.
Iran says heavy enemy warships in the Persian Gulf would become prime targets for its forces in the event of an attack on the country. Top Iranian Army commander Major General Ataollah Salehi said Sunday that the recent war rhetoric against the country has prompted Iran’s military brass to task analysts with developing quick-reaction contingency plans. The general said the “heavy weight” of enemy warships provides the Iranian side with an ideal opportunity for launching successful counter-attacks. This is while earlier in June, The New York Sun reported that America’s intelligence analysts were poring over scenarios for an Iranian attack on the US 5th Fleet, located in Bahrain. The scenarios included offensives by Iranian warships equipped with Russian-designed Shkval torpedoes. Among the US warships currently present in the Persian Gulf are the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and USS Mount Whitney as well as the Destroyer Squadron 50/CTF 55 and the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. Maj. Gen. Salehi also stated that the Iranian Navy is on a constant watch in the Persian Gulf as the Iranian Commander-in-Chief, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has warned that the enemy is on the lookout for “a moment of neglect”. Salehi’s remarks come shortly after chief Iranian navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Saturday that Iran is “perfectly capable” of blocking the Strait of Hormuz to protect its sovereignty should the country come under attack. “We are perfectly capable of blockading the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf and whoever doubts our capabilities can take a step and see the consequences,” Sayyari warned. Iran, in further preparation has also upgraded the Asalouyeh Naval Base in the Persian Gulf and inaugurated a new naval base in the port of Jask located in the Sea of Oman in order to tighten its grip on the strategic region.