Provocation in the Persian Gulf

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Adak passes by one of the numerous cargo dhows that travel along the Iraqi river coast. The Coast Guard has deployed four 110-foot patrol boats to the region to support U.S. Navy 5th Fleet and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Interception Operations to stop illegal oil smuggling and to search for terrorists. USCG photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Belson

Photo: The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Adak passes by one of the numerous cargo dhows that travel along the Iraqi river coast. The Coast Guard has deployed four 110-foot patrol boats to the region to support U.S. Navy 5th Fleet and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Interception Operations to stop illegal oil smuggling and to search for terrorists. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Belson.

DefenseNews reports the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been staging a series of provacative incidents in close proximity to US Navy units including US patrol coastal ships Tempest and Squall patrolling in international waters in the northern Gulf.

It would not be much of a stretch for them to harass one of the six cutters of Patrol Force South West Asia (PATFORSWA).

9 thoughts on “Provocation in the Persian Gulf

    • I don’t believe there has been any substantial increase, although they might have added small arms. Still only a crew served 25mm and .50 cal. machine guns. None of the upgrades we have seen on the Navy PCs.

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