In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) is seen underway in November 2003. An Iranian fleet of high-speed boats charged at and threatened to blow up a three-ship U.S. Navy convoy, including the USS Port Royal, passing near Iranian waters, then vanished as the American ship commanders were preparing to open fire, the top U.S. Navy commander in the area said Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Christopher Mobley)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Video and audio recordings clearly show Iranian boats confronting U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, and a voice speaking in heavily-accented English can be heard threatening that the American vessels were going to explode, military officials said Tuesday.
The incident, which President Bush denounced Tuesday as a "provocative act," was videotaped by a crew member on the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, one of the three ships that faced down five Iranian boats in a flare-up early Sunday.
The recordings were described by several military officials who viewed them. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the recordings were still being reviewed and had not been released to the public.
"It is a dangerous situation," Bush said during a White House news conference. "They should not have done it, pure and simple. ... I don't know what their thinking was, but I'm telling you what my thinking was. I think it was a provocative act." (cont...)
Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, told the members of the Chamber Commerce of Hawaii yesterday that the Russian navy will join the estimated three dozen warships from 11 nations in the Rim of the Pacific exercise held every two years in waters off Oahu and Kauai.
The other foreign navies participating this year have not been announced. In 2006 the participants included Australia, Japan, Chile, Canada, Peru, South Korea and the United Kingdom. (cont...)
One thing that is not often mentioned about “prompt global strike” is the possibility of “conventional counterforce”. Conventional counterforce is made possible by the development of highly accurate hypersonic weapons with conventional payloads or that utilize high velocity impact i.e. kinetic energy counterforce against hardened targets such as ICBM silos (but not deeply buried command and control). The Russians have expressed concern about the prospect of conventional counterforce.