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).
Are the cutters currently deployed better armed than the island class cutters state side?
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.
So when do we rename the US Coast Guard into the Globalist Marine Intervention Force?
“From Aztec Shore to Arctic Zone,
“To Europe and Far East,
“The Flag is carried by our ships
“In times of war and peace;”
Now four incidents, and some clarification. http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/us-warship-fires-3-warning-shots-at-iranian-boats
More information about what the Iranians are doing and how their tactics may be changing. http://www.stripes.com/navy-faces-new-normal-in-persian-gulf-more-iran-provocations-1.425837
Another incident Sunday, Seven boats harrass Navy PC Firebolt. https://news.usni.org/2016/09/06/iranian-boats-harass-another-u-s-navy-patrol-coastal-ship-persian-gulf?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=aab39dd065-USNI_NEWS_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0dd4a1450b-aab39dd065-230448833&mc_cid=aab39dd065&mc_eid=e873a959e6
CNO calls for new rules for interaction with Iran and Russia.