Skip to comments.Tankers torpedoed in the Middle East
Posted on 06/13/2019 12:49:44 AM PDT by tired&retired
Two tankers have been targeted this morning while transiting waters near to Fujairah. Frontlines fully laden LR 2Front Altair was hit by surface attacks, and an enormous fire ensued forcing the crew to abandon ship. The crew were safely picked up by nearby general cargoship, Hyundai Dubai. Bernhard Schultes chemical tanker Kokuka Courageous was also hit.
“The Kokuka Courageous remains in the area and is not in any danger of sinking. The cargo of methanol is intact,” the statement said. One crew member was injured during the incident and was receiving medical treatment on another vessel nearby, it added.
Maritime intelligence firm Dryad Global said meanwhile it was investigating reports the Front Altair was “on fire and adrift”. It did not offer a cause for the incident.
In the last 4 ship 8ncidents the serial numbers on the mines in the area matched known Iranian mines per Sec. Of State Bolton.
Hey, I like Bolton, but that sounds a bit convenient.
Bolton cracks me up. “talk to the moustache”
At what point will they be considered hostages?
At the point they make demands.
They suspect Limpet mines in the other 4 ship attacks
A limpet mine is a type of naval mine attached to a target by magnets. It is so named because of its superficial similarity to the limpet, a type of sea snail that clings tightly to rocks or other hard surfaces.
A swimmer or diver may attach the mine, which is usually designed with hollow compartments to give the mine slight negative buoyancy, making it easier to handle underwater.
Usually limpet mines are set off by a time fuse. They may also have an anti-handling device, making the mine explode if removed from the hull by enemy divers or by explosions. Sometimes the limpet mine was fitted with a small turbine which would detonate the mine after the ship had sailed a certain distance, so that it was likely to sink in navigable channels or deep water out of reach of easy salvage. Thus, determining the cause of the sinking is more difficult.
That picture looks like the one a month ago or so where a ship was bombed.
I don’t think any of the ships were sunk.
But a bunch of folks been killed with missiles in recent weeks on dry land.
Crappy old missiles
I’m sure the combined military assets of Norway (Andrea Victory) and the Marshall Islands (FRONT ALTAIR) will wreak havoc on the Iranians for these attacks.
Could be the Iranians, could be Iranian resistance who wants the U.S. to attack the Mullahs, could be the Saudis who want the U.S. to attack the Mullahs.
Could be any number of players who want to start trouble.
Trust no one.
I have one little trick, I ask folks what is your favorite childhood comfort food?
They usually tell you everything.
Persians aint that bad, but we don’t share and that leads to mistrust.
Hummm, what kind of torpedo leaps out of the water to explode above the water line?
Similar to my comment in the other thread. Maybe a drone boat with explosives?
Bolton wants a war with Iran, naturally he has "proof" that everything that happens anywhere in the ME is Iran's fault.
The Houthis are doing all they can to drive up the costs of shipping for the Saudis as shown by their hitting several ships with missiles not long ago and could easily have been set up to receive mines which the US would then trace to Iran.
In addition to that, it's not like the US is any stranger to little lies about what's happening in some far away section of the ocean, either. Tell me what the benefit of this is to the Iranians? Nada. Zip. Zilch, that's the benefit for them. Then tell me who has the majority of the military assets in the area, the US or the Iranians?
Doesn't make sense for the Iranians to do this but it does make sense for the US, Saudis, or their current errand boys to do this and blame the Iranians.
Article had torpedoed in the headline. A limpet mine is not a torpedo.
Nuke an Iranian port.
Alternatively, conventional cruise missile strikes on all Iranian refineries.
“Hummm, what kind of torpedo leaps out of the water to explode above the water line?”
The last 4 they are claiming were Limpet magnetic mines possibly placed by divers.
I merely posted the headline as stated in several articles.
This could be a false flag as the mines were set to do minimal damage and not sink the ship.
Iran leadership has stated that President Trump does not want a war. Lets hope that this has nothing to do with military action.
The Democrats will use war to hurt Trump’s re-election chances.
George Bush 41 got one term for 1990’s Desert Storm and George W. only got his second “riding the wind” of 9/11 with Kerry putting up a lot of votes after the second fight that took Iraq.
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