03:34 GMT +321 October 2016
    American Navy boats in custody of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf.

    Iranian Navy Commander: Coast-to-Sea Missiles Readied to Fire at US Warship

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    After Iran arrested ten US sailors on Tuesday, the Iranian Navy locked its missiles on an American aircraft carrier deployed in the region, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said.

    Iran seized and detained two US Navy boats on Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. Tehran claims the personnel were in Iranian territorial waters illegally when they were captured. The Americans have since been released.

    Following the capture, two US and French aircraft carriers, along with their accompanying fleets and military aircraft, began operations near Iranian waters.

    "The USS Truman Aircraft carrier showed unprofessional moves for 40 minutes after the detention of the trespassers, while we were highly prepared with our coast-to-sea missiles, missile-launching speedboats and our numerous capabilities," Fadavi said, according to Fars News Agency.

    Fadavi said the US Navy's behavior following the capture was provocative and uncontrolled.

    "But we communicated an announcement through the international (radio) systems and prevented any further irresponsible moves by them," he said. "Then they came to realize the IRGC Navy has the first and the last word in here."

    He said Iran claims sovereignty over the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.

    "The US and France's aircraft carriers were within our range and if they had continued their unprofessional moves, they would have been afflicted with such a catastrophe that they had never experienced all throughout the history," he warned.

    "They could have been shot, and if they were, they would have been destroyed."

    On Wednesday, the head of Iran's armed forces said the seizure of the two US Navy boats and their crews should be a lesson to the US Congress trying to impose new sanctions on Tehran.

    "This incident in the Persian Gulf, which probably will not be the American forces' last mistake in the region, should be a lesson to troublemakers in the US Congress," Major General Hassan Firouzabadi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

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    • ivanwa88
      Iran has that kind of capability wow! did US know or did they want to find out? did they shit their pants when the missiles locked on? sounds like lets slip... out of here folks.
    • Useless us provocation.
    • ron
      The so called, Americans, have been watching John Wayne movies and all of those US war/NAZI WWII propaganda films and think they are masters of the planet. Well things have changed. Carriers are death coffins in today's technology.

      Say if Iran attacked one of the carriers which also intruded in Iran's territory after warning, NATO would then invoked Article V - and attacked Iran. Criminals they are.
    • Zhukov
      Iran is due to have some of the US-UN imposed sanctions lifted in few days. This was a test of some type for sure.
    • cast235
      Doubt Iran could had drowned those bath tubs. Russia can, but Iran? It still in doubt. They posses many defenses. Is not that easy.
      Now how Russia got to get those weapons?
      Russia had jammers before 1930. By 1930 Russia had the tele tanks. Tele Cutter's , Tele planes.
      They were used when NAZI EUROPE attacked Russia. With success, and abandoned most. No support, since there was no experience on mechanized corps, except for that man that REALLY won ww2. Georgy Zhukov, that won a battle against Japan in 1938 to 1939 . At border of Manchukuo.
      But back to Iran, Russia gained more knowledge when Soviet split apart. Russia then accepted a U.S treaty to share info etc. Russia was running most of U.S metal forgeries. and many claim learned to build U.S tanks and Chobham, which lead to U.S congress refusal to allow Russia to won and run a strategic forgery.
      There was a lot more.
      When U.S learned and got to test a massaged, RD 170, Russia in exchange got a new material, lighter, that allowed an even more powerful rocket engine. Russia was said to gain deep inside knowledge of all NATO military, and was able to buy a lot of tech. that now is replacing with substitutes, and will last until 2030 or more!!!
      THAT's why Russia CAN tackle NATO itself.
      Plus other secrets that Russia is showing now, and west believe they been there for over 30 years!!!
      Even ARMATA is said to be over 30 years old.
      But Iran NEVER could dream of such. It take decades to develop part of what U.S have. So the claim of, " we could had destroy them".. I see it as optimistic.
    • coolerheads
      You should read up on what happened the last time Iran attacked a U.S. warship with anti-ship missiles in the Persian Gulf in 1988. 1 U.S. ship was damaged but not sunk. 1 U.S. helicopter was destroyed. 3 U.S. sailors were killed. 5 Iranian ships were sunk. 2 Iranian stationary missile platforms (converted oil rigs) were sunk. 56 Iranian sailors were killed. The whole affair lasted just a few hours. The U.S. offered Iran a ceasefire and said "accept our ceasefire or we will start pounding your coastline with airstrikes". Iran quickly accepted the ceasefire. Iran is still operating mostly the same equipment they had back in 1988, while the U.S. Navy has moved two generations forward. Any conflict between the Iranian Navy and the U.S. Navy would be over very quickly. Iran could damage (but not sink) a couple of U.S. ships. The U.S. could completely annihilate the entire Iranian Navy in a matter of hours.
    • coolerheadsin reply toron(Show commentHide comment)
      ron, you obviously haven't studied U.S. carrier battle groups very much. Iran doesn't have any missile that could do anything more than scratch the paint on a U.S. aircraft carrier. They've been hit with missiles many times before. The U.S. has tested them by taking an old aircraft carrier set for demolition and pounding the hell out of it with missiles, bombs, and artillery to see what it takes to sink it. They've concluded that the only way to effectively sink a Nimitz class carrier in battle is a direct hit from a nuclear warhead of at least 5 kilotons. U.S. carriers don't travel alone. They are ALWAYS escorted by a fleet of submarines patrolling under the water and by aircraft patrolling the skies. They have very robust missile defenses that have been tested effectively against all ranges of missiles (subsonic, supersonic, hypersonic). A U.S. carrier battle group isn't invincible, but it's the closest thing to invincible the world has ever seen.
    • ron
    • in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, I agree. Iran is mouthing off.
    • Lambrecht Albert van Marion
      The whole article smells bad.
    • ivanwa88
      Coolerheads; you living in the past the new carrier killer hypersonic missiles that both Russia and China now have can easily sink any carrier. (By admission of American former Admiral in Chief) Hence why US withdraw carriers back to base when Spratley Island issue got testy. Whether Iran has that capability I don't know! and by events that occurred I don't think US wanted to find out!
    • ivanwa88
      Just followed some of those links confirming Iran does indeed have the Russian developed Sunburn 22 carrier killer missile. Enhanced by Iran for greater speed and distance of operational use. China of course recently developed a missile that travels at 15 times the speed of sound! the Sunburn is 2.5 TSOS. recognised by military experts as authentic and deadly to US warships. Strengthens theory of my previous post.
    • fj9191004
      Would have been there biggest mistake ever.And a very costly one.A real game changer
    • ivanwa88
      The fact that US backed down shows that Iran has a conventional armed force that would certainly make a good fist of defending there nation.

      Certainly when it comes to Nukes no question of the result! however let it be said Nukes are there to prevent minor to small engagements leading into a major war? as US was the aggressor it had the choice.
      After being locked on by carrier destroying missiles US choose to back off.


      Had Iran not possessed the lethal anti carrier missile 'Sunburn 22' and locked on I doubt US would have backed down rather odds on they would have destroyed the patrol boats and accused Iran of attacking US with goodness knows what sanctions and other impositions.

      The question here is 'did US not know the anti carrier missile was active in the area'? and that it was capable of locking on? and that it would be locked on? I guess US Navy learnt a lot about Iranian capability that day and there will.
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