Next week, the United States and 30 other nations will launch an anti-mine naval exercise in the Persian Gulf, an operation that will last for at least two weeks. It is designed around dealing with anti-ship mine deployments in combat.
Naval officials say that the exercise isn’t about any specific threat, but are also describing it as the single largest naval operation ever held in the Middle East, and while it covers a broad area it is centered off the coast of Iran.
The US has had a number of warships deployed off the Iranian coast to go along with its repeated threats to attack Iran over its civilian nuclear program. Iran has focused its naval defenses on an arsenal of anti-ship mines as well as speedboats.
Naval mines have not been a significant military hazard since the end of World War 2, though the US and some other nations have kept arsenals of the devices in case a significant naval battle did break out. The operation seems primarily about having a large number of ships near Iran for photo ops, and not about practical threats.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Palestinians Slam Planned US Embassy Move to Jerusalem - February 23rd, 2018
- White House Orders Military Parade for Veterans Day - February 23rd, 2018
- Turkish Army Attacks Afrin Convoy, Kurds Say It Was Full of Aid - February 23rd, 2018
- Nigeria Sends More Troops to Look for Missing Girls - February 23rd, 2018
- Trump Vows 'Largest Ever' North Korea Sanctions, Threatens Ominous 'Phase Two' - February 23rd, 2018