Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Aircraft Carriers

Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Aircraft Carriers

Paul Joseph Watson


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A senior Iranian military commander has warned that Iran has the capability to sink US aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf using detection-evading submarines that can fire torpedoes.

Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army’s Self-Sufficiency Jihad Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri, “Stated that Iran’s submarines are able to ambush and hit enemy vessels specially US Aircraft carriers from the seabed throughout the Persian Gulf,” reports the Fars News Agency.

Amiri said that while the United States was focused on Iran’s surface capabilities, the greater threat was posed by its fleet of submarines which, “Are noiseless and can easily evade detection as they are equipped with the sonar-evading technology and can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously.”

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(Partisan Ranger Note: Torpedo via submarine? No.  Believe me, the US Navy is listening to their submarines.  But, carriers are vulnerable to cruise missiles and that could be a problem.)


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3 Responses to Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Aircraft Carriers

  1. John Stott says:

    Coastal batteries of Silkworm type anti ship missiles are a bigger threat I agree. They travel short distance at great speed, given the near land mass they are hard to combat. All it takes is one, as many RN and British merchant sailors found thirty years ago. The Argentine even mounted an ASM on a flatbed trailer and scored a hit on Glamorgan. These were Exocet of course, technology has moved on, missiles run faster and a swarm is hard to combat.
    Their subs? Well U Boat tactics work, instead of posturing why not slip out to open ocean and do what submariners do?

    • This is quite true. From a tactical or strategic view, their subs aren’t much of a threat (though they could wreak havoc on commercial shipping for a short while). Most of their subs are old Soviet equipment and though they have a lot of firepower, they aren’t very quiet in the modern electronic listening world. As you say, missiles are another matter entirely. Modern Super Carriers have fairly good defenses against missile fire, but a salvo, well no defense is that good. And a few cruise missiles would present a major problem because of their accuracy and range. I have no doubt US 5th fleet could quickly clear the Persian Gulf, but to keep it open would almost require an amphibious invasion of the Iranian coast–we have the Marines and army personnel in theater to do that–but the ramifications would be disastrous.

  2. cromwellshead says:

    True, the only RN presence is its most modern air defence destroyer Daring. Obviously deployed to screen a carrier group. I agree about land grab, it would be a disaster akin to Gallipoli.
    The subs could wreak havoc. I remember a long time ago a certain navy being so paranoid about old fifties designed subs they took to blowing up whales in the South Atlantic. They really can wreak havoc and their existence actually far outweighs the overall affect. I do not think Iranian strategic thinking sees this, however as you rightly say, they an old noisy beasties.

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