Iran Fast Attack Craft. Fars News Agency Photo
This post has been updated with an additional statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.
An Iranian admiral now says the country’s slow-down in sending small patrol boats to harass U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf was spurred by what he describes as a change in U.S. behavior but doesn’t address the uptick in Iran’s drone flights in the region. Read More
An undated picture of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Iranian drones have become increasingly active in the Persian Gulf and other critical waterways around the Middle East, regularly conducting surveillance flights close to U.S. warships crossing the Strait of Hormuz and operating around the region, a defense official told USNI News on Friday. Read More
Iranian ship intercepts USS Thunderbolt (PC-12) on July 25, 2017. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 5th Fleet on the Tuesday incident.
A Cyclone-class patrol craft warded off an Iranian patrol boat that was approaching a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser on Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, a Navy official told USNI News. Read More
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy Houdong guided missile boat.
THE PENTAGON – Three U.S. Navy ships and a Marine helicopter were harassed during a night transit of the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, U.S. 5th Fleet officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More
Voting in Iran on May 19, 2017. IRNA Photo
On Friday, many of the 56 million eligible voters in Iran will cast their votes a tight contest between the current reformist president Hassan Rouhani, and the conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi. The Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei cast his ballot early Friday morning and encouraged all eligible voters to head to the polls. Khamenei said that “the country’s fate is determined by the people.” Al Jazeera, and other international news sources are reporting long lines at the polls. Voting is scheduled to end this evening, and the results are normally computed within 24 hours. Read More
Sailors in a rigid-hull inflatable boat approach the Military Sealift Command missile range instrumentation ship USNS Invincible (T-AGM-24) in 2012. US Navy Photo
A U.S. Navy surveillance ship was harassed by an Iranian fast attack craft while entering the Persian Gulf on Saturday, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Read More
The following is a guide to identifying ships and boats of the two Iranian naval forces, published by the Office of Naval Intelligence. Read More
An Iranian built mockup of a US Nimitz-class carrier is destroyed during the IRGCN Noble Prophet exercise. ONI Photo
Iran is developing a submarine that could launch an anti-ship cruise missile designed to quickly sink an American warship operating in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a new assessment of Iranian naval capabilities published Wednesday by the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence. Read More
The following is the 2017 Office of Naval Intelligence report, Iranian Naval Forces: A Tale of Two Navies. Read More
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) on July 16, 2016. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.
The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72) fired three warning shots to ward off four armed attack boats coming at the ship at high speed, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Read More