Iran Test Fired 2 Ballistic Missiles As Iranian Vessels Came Within 600 Yards Of US Navy Ship

Tyler Durden's picture

Trump's geopolitical headaches continue to mount.

One day after North Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles, 3 of which fell into the East Sea inside Japan's economic exclusion zone, and which have painted a spotlight on how Trump will react to this latest provocation, Fox reports that Iran also test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles this weekend into the Gulf of Oman, with one missile destroying a floating barge approximately 155 miles away.

The launches of the Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missiles were the first tests of the missile in two years, one official said. It was not immediately clear if this was the first successful test at sea -- raising concerns for the U.S. Navy, which operates warships in the area.

According to one quoted official, Iran launched the two short-range ballistic missiles from Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps bases in Bandar-e-Jask, in southeastern Iran. The first missile was fired on Saturday, but missed its target, though it landed “in the vicinity,” one official said. A day later, Iran made another attempt and was successful. The Iranian Fateh-110 Mod 3 has a new “active seeker,” helping the missile locate ships at sea, according to one official.

"It's a concern based on the range and that one of the missiles worked," said one official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the launch. Two years ago, Iranian cruise missiles destroyed a large barge designed to look like an American aircraft carrier. Iranian state-television broadcast the images publicly at the time.

The new Iranian short-range ballistic missile launches come a week after Iran successfully test-fired Russian surface-to-air missiles, part of the S-300 air defense system Russia sent to Iran recently.

According to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Iran has conducted as many as 14 ballistic missile launches since the landmark nuclear agreement in July 2015. A senior U.S. military official told Fox News that Iran had made great advances in its ballistic missile program over the past decade.

Late last month, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Iran’s behavior had not changed since the White House put the Islamic Republic “on notice” following Iran’s successful intermediate-range ballistic missile test-launch in late January.

This launch appears to be in addition to what we reported on Saturday, in which Iran successfully test-fired a sophisticated, Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system, according to the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday. The drill took place during a recent military exercise named Damvand, and was attended by senior military commanders and officials according to Tasnim.

In a separate report, Reuters notes that Iranian vessels came within 600 yards of U.S. Navy ship in Strait of Hormuz, forced it to change direction, Reuters says in tweet, citing unidentified official.

It is unclear as of this moment if the two incident were related, and whether the White House plans on responding to either the North Korean ballistic missile launch or the latest moves by Tehran as the Trump administration has vowed to do.

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J S Bach's picture

This is good.  A non-kosher middle eastern nation flexing a little muscle to - God forbid - protect itself against (((outside aggressors))).  Hopefully, Trump has the intelligence to respect their sovereignty.

jaap's picture

The more ships you have there, the bigger the chance gets ofcourse.

FrozenGoodz's picture

The strength, intelligence, and seemless transition of the current admin will negate this sort of testing of will in the future

fx's picture

well, uncle sam's navy is pretty far away from them home shores in that strait of hormuz ...

evoila's picture

The israeli cabinet minister is an extremely credible source to link to. Thanks.



Libya, Iraq, and Syria LLP

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) evoila Mar 6, 2017 12:13 PM

Agree. In the Middle East Israel is the stinkin problem.

curbjob's picture

If you send a ship into the Gulf of Oman to investigate a barge with a target painted on it and, your ship gets hit by a foul flying  missIle ...







.. it may just explain the last  70 years of military bad luck. 

PT's picture

US Navy had to sail 6 000 000 metres* in order for Iranian Navy to get within 600 metres of US Navy.


*Yes, I did NOT bother looking up the exact distance on a map.

Taint Boil's picture

about 10,842.20 km [I'm joking - I'm not that anal]...... looks like a long way for us to go to make sure our "borders are secure", and they're the one who are the bad guys .... just don't get it .... Ron Paul was right.

NoDebt's picture

Hey, if Rod Stewart can make an ISIS head-chopper video, the Iranians can do this.


Dr. Engali's picture

Rod Stewart got the bulk of his material off of McShitstain's laptop.

Sector Catalyst's picture

So remind me again why the United Slaves of Israel Navy are in the Persian Gulf -- oh right to support the Petrodollar.  Clearly Iran is puttig their borders too close to the United Slaves of Israel Navy. 

Anteater's picture

Usury Slaves of Ashkenazim (USA)

-$20 TRILLION, and bought-and-sold Congress raising that to -$30!

brianshell's picture

Drop the ring into the fires of Mt Doom. End the Fed. Restore soveriegn money.

1. Reissue United States Notes.

2. Revoke the Fed's charter.

3. Require all banks to maintain 100% reserves.

4. Ban all dual nationals from government.

curbjob's picture

Now, if they could just perfect the homing device to sniff out gefilte fish, the Middle East may actually have a shot at peace. 

IranContra's picture

Iran is kosher and Rothschild ordered Israel to help Iran develop the bomb supposedly to kill Arabs, now Israel regrets that because they see that Rothschild double crossed them.

general ambivalent's picture

Iran is escalating precisely because Trump doesn't respect their sovereignty. Wake up, Trumptards.

PT's picture

You may have the memory and attention span of an ADHD mosquito on meth but the rest of the world remembers:

This shit was in the pipeline a loooooooooong time ago.

Stop clogging up the airwaves with lies and most of the "Trumptards" would be busy calling Trump out on all of his REAL mistakes.  Now why are you not willing to allow that to happen?

SweetDougisaTwat's picture

If and when the US Navy is ordered to engage, the "battle" will be finished inside of forty minutes with all of the Iranian vessels resting on the sea floor.

Dragon HAwk's picture

Mobile land and cave based launchers may put a few of ours on the bottom also.

Likstane's picture

Maybe the USS Cole can start the foray, after they hoist the sail and drag out the catapults.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Which is a problem in itself, as Strait of Hormuz is really shallow. Calling Persian / Arab Gulf 'a gulf' is really a compliment, should properly be named Persian /Arab pond with deepest point of circa 50 meters.

Blankone's picture

When you see the US ships moved away from Iran along with a build up of air craft in the ME it might be a sign.  I expect they will take them out by air. 

Iran is nervous or is outright scared. 

From RT:

Trump now has placed enough ground troops into Syria that they drive in armored convoys flying the american flag.  Trump is taking Syria from the north as well as the east.  Add this to the events regarding North Korea and Trump making Iran a terrorist state.

And why not?  Putin wouldn't, he would not even declare a no-fly zone over Syria.  This fits well with the recent story, declared false by Russia, the Russia bombed close to US forces.  Now they are putting convoys on the road and taking land, and Putin cannot operate anywhere close to them.

Any push by the Syrian forces to the east from Aleppo has now been blocked.  And that pattern will continue.

How many Russian convoys, manned by Russians, flying Russina flags go driving around those parts of Syria.  Or anywhere other than close to their western coast base?  Putin - time to go ride a horse without your shirt, or a photo opp wearing judo garb etc...  Chess player my rear.  Looking at you too Iran.

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Open season on any of you filth, any where, any time. Watch out murdering yankee scum.

JohninMK's picture

If that is what you think can I suggest that you spend 10 minutes reading the thread at the link below. It might be from VT but it has been lifted from Iranian media. The relevant bit is half way down.

Put simply, every US base, and there are more than you think, in the area is within range of Iran's growing number of surface to surface missiles. Almost none of those bases has any defence against that kind of attack, especially if missiles came from many directions from bases well back fron the coast. The only serious defence, by that I mean a large number of SAMs, are on the ships defending the carrier task forces not on land. The US has never needed SAM defences and certainly doesn't have much now.

As to Syria, there are only an estimated 500 US troops in Syria and there a few photo's of the driving round in convoys, if you regard 2-3 vehicles as a convoy.

The Syrian Army is continuing to drive east and are about to reach Lake Assad in Aleppo. The Kurds/US have also allowed the to take over some of their territory to form a barrier between them and the Turkish troops around Al-Bab.

There are increasing numbers of Russian Special Forces in Syria. They, along with the RuAF, were instrumental in retaking Palmyra from ISIS during which a Russian 2* was very badly injured. Russia now has a 4* in country running their operation. Perhaps one reason there are no Russian convoys driving around with flags flying is that they are in a bit more dangerous areas.Those Syrian/Russian/Iranian forces are piling up a lot of experience.

It would be unwise to underestimate the intentions of Russia in the area. Or the Iranians. Were the US to do anything stupid re Iran, then almost certainly Hesbolah(sp) would unleash thousands of rockets/missiles on Israel.


Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Excellent analysis which corresponds with reality.

Able Ape's picture

Those Mach 4+ anti-ship missiles aren't sluggards...

Anteater's picture

"It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months ..." Ronald Donald RumDumb

Puppetz's picture

Monday morning and the paid to post losers are back.

Anteater's picture



coast1's picture

Iran for

everlearner's picture

That's what she said...

Squid Viscous's picture

when it comes to news I always trust Faux News, stay thirsty my friends

FrozenGoodz's picture

I don't always watch heavily slanted news outlets ... but when I do

markovchainey's picture

Don't the damn Iranians know that all bodies of water larger than a puddle belong to Washington D.C.?

Arrest Hillary's picture

Puddles are "wetlands" .... they really belong to the Feds ?

Dr. Engali's picture

I thought all the water belonged to Nestle. Maybe that's just drinking water.

pods's picture

Funny how this was worded. The Straight of Hormuz is right off the coast of......................

It should be the US Navy boat came within 600 yards of the Iranian ships. 

I will be worried when an Iranian boat is parked off of Cape Hatteras.  But for Iran to have ships off of HER coast?  Gasp.

USA centric reporting is part of the problem.


Consuelo's picture



It is propaganda that literally has Boobus-Americanus believing that we are in fact, rulers of the planet and that although there are other nations who trade with us, all are subservient to our brand of 'Freedom & Democracy'...

But you know what?  There is truth in that sarcasm, because unless and until there is a 'break' away from $USD trade in a major way, they actually Are subservient...

Anteater's picture

Iran is the last reserve of crown jewels and gold bullion outside

of the Ashkenazim Central Bank oligarchy, ... on Earth.

Dr. Engali's picture

Maybe Trump should hold a beer summit. That should help ease the tensions, and it make a great photo op too.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

He doesn't drink.  You can't trust someone who doesn't drink at least a little bit.

atthelake's picture

All people, everywhere, should start to prepare for the severe shortages that come with war.

Consuelo's picture



Best advice of the day/week/month, and perhaps even, year.




Krungle's picture

Wait, an Iranian ship came within a third of a mile of a US ship while they were both a few miles off of Iranian shores in a channel that is only 29 nautical miles wide? Oh, the horror! And they tested a missile in their territorial waters and this concerns us because we "operate" there? How dare they prepare to defend themselves!

Arrest Hillary's picture

That's what they said .... when Hitler re-armed Germany ?

Able Ape's picture

Uncle Scam, why, he's everywhere!...

shovelhead's picture

600 yds. is pretty close for big boats. Those things don't turn on a dime.

But if you're going to sabre rattle then you can expect some of the same back. That's just the way the game works.

It's all good fun until someone turns a pissing in the sand contest into pissing on a leg.