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Monday, January 18, 2016

Bracken On Iran

I rarely pull out my dusty old trident, but in this case, here goes. I was a Navy SEAL officer in the 1980s, and this kind of operation (transiting small boats in foreign waters) was our bread and butter. Today, these boats both not only had radar, but multiple GPS devices, including chart plotters that place your boat’s icon right on the chart. The claim by Iran that the USN boats “strayed into Iranian waters” is complete bull$#it.

For an open-water transit between nations, the course is studied and planned in advance by the leaders of the Riverine Squadron, with specific attention given to staying wide and clear of any hostile nation’s claimed territorial waters. The boats are given a complete mechanical check before departure, and they have sufficient fuel to accomplish their mission plus extra. If, for some unexplainable and rare circumstance one boat broke down, the other would tow it, that’s why two boats go on these trips and not one! It’s called “self-rescue” and it’s SOP.



Anonymous said...

Didn't think the Government told a true story anyway, they never do, but glad you put this on here Joe.

Anonymous said...

Exactly what I was saying last week. That the story we were told was total BS. No way it could have been a navigational error or mechanical breakdown of 2 boats. Notice how quickly this story has gone off the radar of MSM. Also strange that it happened at the time of BO's SOTU speech and the lifting of sanctions on Iran. BO is definitely the worst President since Carter.

Anonymous said...

This story was fishy from day one. I saw the Benghazi movie last night and the soldiers were talking about the "anti-Muslim movie" story being told by the media back home. I thought to myself, not much has changed since 2012.

Anonymous said...

Matt Bracken is a knowledgeable guy and a fine writer. True patriots should check out his books on Kindle. He also makes a pretty cool dive plane. Go to YouTube and look up sealplane balanced dive plane, you'll get extra points to identify the somerset county local in the video. : ^ )

Anonymous said...

I think Gulf of Tonkin when I read about this. And we all know how well that turned out.