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Early, unconfirmed reporting indicates US Navy Fifth Fleet ships came under attack yesterday [8 June 2012] in the Straits of Hormuz. The reports were reportedly passed to the Gold Coast Chronicle from eye witnesses, indicating several casualties.
The US Navy denied the incident occurred, and advised that its ships passed through the Straits of Hormuz without incident. [Move along folks, nothing to see here.]
[Two conflicting, unofficial reports placed the USS Enterprise first in Midway, and alternately in Norfolk during the reported attack.]
|Fifth Fleet battle formation (USN Photo)|
Tensions aside though, last month the Iranian Navy intercepted pirates attacking a US cargo ship. A seemingly friendly act by a "hostile" navy.
We would suggest that, if the incident did in fact occur, the US Navy carefully examine hand held photography plus overhead imagery of the attacking jets, plus all radio intercepts and ELINT, to track the origin of the attack fighters.
The attack came, coincidentally, on the 45th anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty by jets Israel announced were launched by Egypt, but which turned out to be Israeli jets. This would be an anniversary not yet forgotten by the Chief of Naval Operations
|45th Anniversary of the Israeli Sneak Attack|
We note this historical fact in light of Mr Netanyahu's continuing call for a US military attack on Iran to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
However, US and Israeli intelligence and military officials have affirmed there is no such threat, never was, and likely never will be -- particularly following the disruption of Iran's nuclear research facility through the introduction of both the Stuxnet and the Flame viruses.
|The USN didn't buy "mistake" story|
We would hope the Israelis would not be so arrogant as to think they could get away with a second attack on US Navy ships -- without massive retaliation.
Then Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Tom Moorer never forgave them.