Posted on | January 17, 2013 | 7 Comments
A Russian site has the best detail:
Iran will deploy a fleet of warships to the Mediterranean Sea, Navy chief Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Wednesday.
“The Navy’s 24th fleet of warships will patrol the north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb, the Red Sea, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea for three months and will even sail as far as southeastern Asian countries,” Sayyari was quoted by Press TV as saying.
Roughly the same information was to be gleaned from Stratfor. Some digging around brought up this YouTube clip, which benefits from going full screen:
The Order of Battle is everything they purportedly have, and by no means breaks out the actual deployed ships. The 24th Fleet may not amount to terribly much, as most of their Order of Battle doesn’t look to have significant endurance. However, as David vs. Goliath reminds us, it doesn’t actually take much to wreck somebody’s day. The USS Cole attack was conducted by just a few dedicated tangoes in some sort of zodiac.
Can’t think of why the Iranians would want to be in the Mediterranean. Not much going on in, say, Syria. And nobody remembers the last time there was interest in getting arms into the Gaza Strip, or something. Nope. Probably just a quick run into Lebanon for some of that tasty cuisine, I expect. Poor Bibi Netanyahu, stuck trying to stay awake in these boring times.
Were things to get down to fisticuffs, a U.S. Navy battlegroup might make short work of these Iranians, but the likelihood of that isn’t too high. Sure, posturing happens, but I wouldn’t expect the ROE approved by this Administration to get much past tea and crumpets with the bad guys, and that before Benghazi filled everybody in the military with confidence that, when the fertilizer hits the air circulator, #OccupyResoluteDesk has their backs.
So, nice and boring. One hopes.