Persian Gulf: 25 Nations Converging – Unprecedented Show of Force – Iran Doesn’t Join the Party

CORRECTION: Iran isn’t “joining the party.” The quote from Zerohedge is from December 2011. At that time Iran was having war games and we had Military in the same waters. I think his musing at at what could happen still holds, but the Zerohedge post was not written in response to today’s build up. The summation of Zerohedge’s December post doesn’t change in my opinion. I left it intact below, but deleted the quote from the Iranian Naval officer. MY APOLOGIES.

While we’ve been hearing for months that the waters off Iran are teeming with U.S. warships, Israel’s IDF is on alert, weapons are on the move and we wonder who, in the end, will allow Israel to fly-over their country to get to Iran, The Telegraph says 25 nations have arrived in the Persian Gulf in an “unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move toward the brink of war.” “Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines” in the Strait of Hormuz. The countries include Britain France, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and the UAE. Did I mention the buildup is readying only for “war games?” Or that Iran is playing too? But, what happens if there’s an “oops” on either side as Iran is present, even if they aren’t “playing?” In July 2012, the WSJ said the U.S. had doubled our numbers of minesweepers not as part of a “buildup.” The same article says nearly 20% of the world’s traded oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz.

Persian Gulf – Strait of Hormuz

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea…

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south…

They will practise tactics in how to breach an Iranian blockade of the strait and the force will also undertake counter-mining drills.

The multi-national naval force in the Gulf includes three US Nimitz class carrier groups, each of which has more aircraft than the entire complement of the Iranian air force.
The carriers are supported by at least 12 battleships, including ballistic missile cruisers, frigates, destroyers and assault ships carrying thousand of US Marines and special forces. Source: Telegraph

NOTE: I have removed the December 2011 Zerohedge quote from an Iranian military leader concerning Iranian war games, with the U.S. and other countries present in the Persian Gulf, but the point Durden makes at the end of the article doesn’t change.

Zerohedge is generally talking about world markets and what makes them move or not, and about the price of oil. In December 2011 they pondered: if we or one of our other 24 nations needed to sink an Iranian “canoe” to create support for keeping the strait of Hormuz open to passage of crude and oil, would we or nations do it? Disclaimer: that is my interpretation of Tyler Durden’s post. I could be way off base, because he is always over my head. I read him anyway. What do you think?


  • Maggie, that looks like an old post by Tyler – or am I missing something?

    • Steven, I’ve repaired it I think. The bottom line, Iran is not having war games but they are present in the same waters. I removed the Iranian Naval Office’s quote, but in my opinion, the questions remains – could we or one of the other nations have an oops – on purpose! If you have time, let me know if you think I’m making sense.

      Agains, thanks for the heads up.

  • Steven – wow! you’re right. I went to see if he was talking about this and actually got there from a link he had a post “yesterday.” Thanks so much. I’ll do something – try to find the original post that led me there. Again, thank you.

  • Michael Davis

    These war games could spark an incident of it’s own and blamed on Iran, but just having that many in the one condensed area is going to tell Iran they don’t stand much chance in an all out “war”.

  • Oops moments are sometimes planned.

  • This annual exercise has not convinced the Iranians of anything in the past, and isn’t likely to convince them of anything now. The expanded task force will be in a good position to respond if Iran tries to mine the straight in the event of an Israeli attack, but I don’t see any of the exercise participants as being interested in starting anything themselves.

  • Just found your website – very impressive. I’ll be coming back.

    I read the same Telegraph article. To this old Navy man, the ignorance of basic things maritime was funny if disconcerting. What really grabbed my attention was the conclusion. Same old thing: it’s the Jews again, causing trouble.

    For what it’s worth, I scribbled about it at