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Guest Post: Iran Launches Submarine And Destroyer Into Gulf During US Naval Exercises

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Submitted by Charles Kennedy of OilPrice.com

Iran Launches Submarine And Destroyer Into Gulf During US Naval Exercises

This week the US, UK, France, and a few Middle Eastern countries are conducting naval exercises in the Gulf of Persia to practice clearing mines that Iran, or other groups may place around the Straits of Hormuz in an attempt to disrupt the movement of oil tankers in the region.

Mohammed Ali Jafari, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said that the “exercise is a defensive exercise and we don't perceive any threats from it. We are not conducting exercises in response.”

Yet this is not the impression that is given.

Just yesterday, according to the official IRNA news agency, upon the direct orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Iran launched a refitted Tareq-901 submarine and a Sahand destroyer into the Gulf from the port of Bandar Abbas.

At the same time, as stated on Khamenei’s official website, the Supreme Leader was visiting the northern coastal city of Nowshahr to observe naval cadets practice planting mines, rescuing hijacked ships, destroying enemy ships, and rapid deployment via helicopters.

Khamenei addressed his troops, saying that “the armed forces must reach capabilities such that no one can attack the strong fence of the country and the dear people of Iran.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that Tehran is now very close to building a nuclear bomb, leading some to fear that Israel may take things into their own hands and strike against Iranian nuclear facilitie

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Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:19 | 2900174 Money Squid
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Iran donates a new reef building structure to the gulf. That POS won't last two allah akbars when the shitting starts.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:52 | 2900209 THX 1178
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Hold on Fellers! Just three more weeks!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 02:03 | 2900218 Deo vindice
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It hardly looks like a piece of equipment worth starting WWIII over.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 03:32 | 2900276 icanhasbailout
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just for reference, this is a Soviet Kilo-class diesel sub

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 04:57 | 2900326 ebworthen
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Chug, chug, chug.

Klank!  Klank!  Klank!

Well, God Bless the poor saps who have to get in that toothpaste tube.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:18 | 2900391 TruthInSunshine
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That does it. I was on the fence about the whole "preemptively targeting Iran with nuclear weapons and other ordinance of clusterf*ckdestruction" before, but these naval vessels of theirs clearly have not been upgraded to meet California's zero emissions vehicle standards.

I say we penalize them by deducting future carbon credits that would've been thrown their way, and then bomb them.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:28 | 2900400 Ghordius
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TIS, they are hybrids. ;-)

When entering the harbours of California they can switch to super-silent "green" electric mode...

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:30 | 2900412 TruthInSunshine
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Did the state owned Iranian or Chinese companies helping to retrofit these vessels with green power capabilities get Solyndra or A123 Systems type tax credits from the Obamney Administration?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:33 | 2900418 GetZeeGold
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Let's get it on baby!!!


Let's see if they blink.


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 16:21 | 2902404 Half_A_Billion_...
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I bet China starts dumping tbills one week after the attack

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:36 | 2900428 nmewn
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lol...but the consensus is in!!! They're destroying the planet with these CO2 belching monstrosities!!!

Clearly the world needs to create insurmountable debt and subsidize new armament factories for them...FORWARD!!!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 03:39 | 2900282 cossack55
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But a radio station in Gleiwicz was worth starting WW2 over?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 04:41 | 2900316 Benjamin Glutton
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why am I looking at a submarine photo shopped into a painted background?


childlike at best.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 05:15 | 2900334 TheFourthStooge-ing
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why am I looking at a submarine photo shopped into a painted background?

It probably has something to do with OilPrice.com being a lame, uncreative, humorless version of TheOnion.com whose writers believe their own bullshit.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 06:42 | 2900373 ptoemmes
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Maybe, but if it were WB7's work the face of the Ayatollah might be integrated into the bow.



Thu, 10/18/2012 - 06:53 | 2900380 ParkAveFlasher
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I'm totally calling out the picture as a forgery and that sub as a fake

It has no moustache.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:35 | 2900427 GetZeeGold
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It has no moustache.


Penalty on the play.....tens yards for not being Sharia compliant.


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 08:01 | 2900473 nmewn
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Fatwas will be issued at the local mosque.

I'm gonna hurry down & get mine before they run out!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 04:53 | 2900325 Sudden Debt
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It looks pretty old and small :)

I wonder if it will outrun a guided torpedo from a Ohio submarine.


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 05:47 | 2900347 Vlad Tepid
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If the USN puts a boomer anywhere close to the Gulf then they are far stupider than I give them credit for!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 08:09 | 2900494 goldenrod
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It looks pretty old and small :)

I am sure you are used to hearing that a lot......


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 17:20 | 2902584 TimmyB
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During the 1970-80s, it was pretty well known in the U.S. Navy that USSR subs could actually go faster than U.S. torpedos.   

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:28 | 2900404 SilverDOG
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Just another piece to blame the attack upon. 


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:26 | 2900402 spankfish
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I love the smell of stupid in the morning, it smells like victory.  Welcome to The Persian Gulf of Tonkin.  What's the old navy saying... it that a torpedo in your tubes or are you just happy to see me.


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 02:28 | 2900239 Heyoka Bianco
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Not so fast. I would assume a pedal-powered submarine would be hard to detect. Unfortunately, hamster-wheel-powered torpedoes are none too effective.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 03:40 | 2900284 cossack55
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But for the USSA'a purposes they only need to be effective once.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 05:56 | 2900353 falak pema
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That Israeli inventor who made a bicycle out of cardboard should donate his skills to the Iranians; maybe he can sell them a cardboard submarine! 

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 05:40 | 2900343 BigInJapan
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Know a lot about hunter-killer subs, do ya?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 05:53 | 2900351 Vlad Tepid
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He's seems to be unfamiliar with the fact that the Kilo and it's variants are like the F-16 of the undersea world - versatile, cheap and effective.  A US nuclear sub in a brown water environment like the Gulf would be so noisy it would be a death sentence.

I beleive it was a Chinese Kilo that popped up in the middle of a US carrier task force in the Pacific a few years back blew the hatch and mooned the 7th Fleet. 

Kilos are not something to joke about.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:05 | 2900385 Ghordius
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+1 all diesel-electric subs since the last versions of the WWII German U-Boats are the bane of blue water fleets deployed in brown-water/coastal environments or where the sub does just have to wait for it's pray

I remember when Taiwan wanted to spend some dollars on US diesel-electric subs, Bush II came back triumphant and the big sub producers at home told him they would not touch such business at all

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:41 | 2900438 spankfish
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I believe it was the Clinton Administration that allowed the machining technology to be transferred to the Chinese in 2000 that allowed the Chinese to produce ubersilent props.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 14:00 | 2901857 BattlegroundEur...
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Are you even old enough to remember the Toshiba-Russian affair?


Thu, 10/18/2012 - 21:41 | 2903197 Money Squid
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Lemme guess,,,the Japanese sold to the Ruskies our highest tech three-head milling machine so that the Ruskies could manufacture their sub props so quiet the Ruskie subs virtually "disappeared" from the sonar scope overnight.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 21:38 | 2903192 Money Squid
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Why, I consider myself a keyboard expert. If I am at my keyboard I am an expert. So, what's your point? You think that Eeeeeranian sub is more than a suicide mission?  Hunter-killer? puuuhhleasse.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 06:57 | 2900382 GOSPLAN HERO
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We must have access to cheap oil?



Thu, 10/18/2012 - 07:53 | 2900462 LongSoupLine
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Translation: They painted over the Mattel label.



Amazing video: Iranian sub commander aces his advanced combat training... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caNAYahIP-c

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 08:43 | 2900585 Monedas
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How about our new submarine .... the USS Candy Crowley .... of the walk-in bath tub class ?

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 08:51 | 2900610 Stuart
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great, target practice!  

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 11:20 | 2901078 NewAmericaNow
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Never underestimate an opponent. It seems you are very anxious to wage war on people you have never met.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 21:52 | 2903222 Money Squid
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I knows plenty of arabs n persians. Great humas, kabab and snak bars. Not axious for any war, just providing my expertize on all things. But, spelling? Not my strong point. Looks like I types shitting instead of shooting. I guess that was because I had to dash off one last comment before Code Brown. I guess something else was on my mind at the time.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:19 | 2900175 JoeSexPack
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Obama is behind in polls, so October Surprise might help.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 11:08 | 2901050 Panafrican Funk...
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What would be really shitty is if the owners manipulated the election in such a way that Romney won the popular vote and Obama won the electoral vote.  If the election were held today, that would be the reality, and that would be very unpleasant.   

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:23 | 2900180 Bansters-in-my-...
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"More Cowbell......and popcorn...!!!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:39 | 2900201 BeaverFever
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According to secret sources, Naval Intelligence has recruited Jared the Subway Guy to assist with this perceived threat with massive quantities of delicious ham subs.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:25 | 2900183 Money 4 Nothing
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Let me guess? It's Camel powered? Gives a new meaning to "running silent"

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:37 | 2900198 Magnum
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Patrick Clawson's zionist club drafted this story and photoshopped the image.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:43 | 2900204 SafelyGraze
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just watched the analysis of body language.

pretty insightful.

candidate A: my administration will be the first in history to use both fission and fusion detonations to wipe out an enemy population.

analyst: note his hand is gesturing with the thumb on top of the index finger. this indicates that he enjoys being well-liked by his supporters.

candidate B: my administration will be the first in history to increase the annual deficit to ten times the size of tax revenues.

analyst: we see him turn his right shoulder slightly toward the camera, which is a signal that he is engaging his right-brain thinking.

pretty sure there's no need to analyze the content of what is said. the manner of delivery is so much more fascinating.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 02:00 | 2900217 AwkwardReader
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I read that like how Bill Hicks delivered his marketing sketch. Funny stuff Graze!

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:56 | 2900210 Duke of Con Dao
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Never Fear, Susan Rice is on the Case!

this should set your mind at ease:

YouTube - UN Ambassador Susan Rice: On Being Fabulously Spontaneous

for back up?

The Hill, of course...

YouTube - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: I Am in Charge! (stay for credits - guest spot: Al Haig)

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