Our Navy Could Just Be Scrap Metal
- It has been my contention for a long time that with modern technology navy ships are little more than expensive sitting ducks waiting to be sunk.
The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Iran’s military whose role is to protect Tehran’s Islamic system, has published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack on an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf.
The plan is to use several different weapons systems in a coordinated attack, opened by high speed boats to create a diversion.
According to Good Morning Iran blog, who translated the text accompanying the rendering, the plan assumes that Iranian high speed boats, equipped with missiles and mines — and disguising themselves as normal fishing boats — would carry out an initial attack against the enemy ship.
|The Revolutionary Guard Displays New Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles|
While facing the boats, the U.S. warship would be attacked by Iranian submarines, backed by IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) warplanes, including some F-14 Tomcat jets with indigenous modifications (most likely providing some sort of air superiority in the vicinity), followed by ballistic missiles.
The latter could be the two types showcased during an exhibition held by the IRGC on May 11.
The new home-made ballistic missiles, an upgraded version of the solid-fuel, supersonic Iranian anti-ship missile dubbed Persian Gulf equipped with a 650-kg warhead, are dubbed Hormuz 1 and Hormuz 2.
Both missiles are believed to be more powerful than the Persian Gulf, with the Hormuz 1 being an anti-radar missile with a range of 300 kilometers.
That said, the plan is obviously quite optimistic, as it considers a U.S. warship as an isolated unit, whereas the latter may operate within a large, powerful and very well defended Carrier Strike Group, which includes an aircraft carrier, destroyers, supporting vessels and, often, a nuclear submarine, whose task is, among the others, to defend the Group from underwater attacks.
Read more: The Aviationist.com
Imagine modern jets piloted by Islamist Iranian Revolutionary Guard suicide pilots ramming American naval ships. When our generals tell you that it can't possibly happen, remember, the generals were also wrong about Pearl Harbor, Korea, Vietnam, 9-11, Iraq and Afghanistan.
|The Aircraft Carrier USS St. Lo|
Sunk by Japanese kamikaze aircraft on 25 October 1944 in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Call me crazy, but if an aircraft carrier can be sunk by a "primitive" propeller driven fighter plane one has to ask how long these ultra-expensive ships will remain afloat in an age of modern missile technology or jet fighters piloted by Muslim suicide bombers.