Thursday, October 13, 2016

Global SITREP D6-16: US Engages Iranian Forces in Yemen

Vertical Missile Launch from the USS Mason
UPDATED (see below) 13 October 2016: This has been seen coming from a long way off... US Naval forces engaging Iranian missile sites in combat operations in the Middle East.

Last evening, following a second Iranian (IRGC) attempt in three days to strike a small US flotilla with Kosar (AShM (anti-ship) missiles the US struck back at the sites which fired the missiles in Yemen, just north of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. All Iranian targets were destroyed.

Background: All summer long Iranian naval forces have been exhibiting increasingly bellicose and unprofessional behavior towards US naval forces operating from the Bab al-Mandeb Strait to the Strait of Hormuz. Those incidents passed without the exchange of fire.

However, that all changed a week ago. In late August the Iranians delivered a massive shipment of AShM weapons and radar equipment to sites in Yemen under Houthi rebel control just north of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. Those missile systems and their electronic targeting command and control systems went operational one week ago when a former US ship, the UAE-operated HSV-2 Swift, was attacked by one and possibly two Iranian Kosar AShMs; the attack nearly destroyed the Swift.  

Following the attack the US Navy deployed the USS Ponce, USS Mason and USS Nitze to patrol the coastline opposite the Iranian missile bases on the Yemeni coast. On Sunday, the American ships came under attack by three Iranian Kosar missiles fired from those bases. The USS Mason fired a salvo of SM-2 missiles in defense of the flotilla, as well as a brand new defensive system known as the Nulka Decoy System. All Iranian missiles harmlessly impacted the Red Sea.

Then, yesterday evening the Iranian fired their Kosar missiles in a second attack on the American flotilla. This time the result was the same, and different. It was the same in that the Nulka system on the USS Mason again splashed the Iranian missiles harmlessly into the Red Sea, and it was different in that the USS Nitze fired at least 6 Tomahawk missiles at the Iranian missile/radar bases destroying them completely as well as the IRGC troops who manned those bases. Battle damage assessment has yet to determine if there were any survivors.

Here's a video to illustrate how the new Australian/American designed Nulka Decoy System works.



This is just the first of what likely will become a series of engagements between US and/or Coalition naval forces and Iranian naval forces. It is reasonable to expect this action to continue in the near future at the Strait of Hormuz and within the confines of the Persian Gulf.


What remains of one IRGC radar/missile base struck by US Tomahawk
Another View of  the destruction of IRGC radar/missile base in Yemen.
14 October 2016: These two images above appeared on the web late yesterday. They are AP photos taken from an AP video made at the site of one of the US Tomahawk strikes. It appears by the number of destroyed vehicles present that the IRGC deployed mobile anti-ship systems at two locations in southern Yemen overlooking the Bab al-Mandeb Strait choke point.  Also, Iran's navy has deployed a small frigate and a replenishment ship into the Bab al-Mandeb Strait in the wake of these US retaliatory strikes. The last time Iranian naval forces challenged US Navy warships (April 1988) they lost badly, with a total of eight vessels being sunk or damaged severely. Lesson learned?

It is the view of Eschatology Today that this kind of skirmishing could ultimately lead to a fulfillment of Jeremiah 49:34-39 in the coming months.

16 October 2016: Perhaps not all of Iran's 'eggs' (anti-ship missiles and radars) in Yemen were in the same basket. Yesterday afternoon another salvo of anti-ship cruise missiles were fired at the USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15), USS Mason (DDG-87) and USS Nitze (DDG-94) patrolling the northern approach to the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. This attack was confirmed by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson. 

USS Mason DDG-87
It would appear that once again the Nulka Anti-Missile Decoy system fitted onboard the USS Mason effectively defeated yesterday's 1500 (3 PM) local time Iranian attack on our ships. This repeated attack following the destruction of the first three systems by US Tomahawks on 13 October provides some indication that the IRGC had tunnels constructed and camouflaged in this same general area of Yemen's coastline.  No doubt a detailed active search for the surviving Iranian missile systems is ongoing, and they will in all certainty be struck upon discovery with penetrating ordnance, or "as appropriate." 

Watching for further developments.

13 comments:

Nathan Jones said...

I guess Obama won't be getting anymore goodies from Iran (https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-team-gets-first-gifts-from-cuba-iran-and-nothing-from-russia-195504020.html).

Lance M said...

The defensive system is amazing...thanks for sharing

Great Grany 5 said...

Sean,

I loved it and thank you for sharing with us. Needed to see this after the last two weeks of politics a`ND all the garbage taking place. I got attacked by two very aggressive females on Twitter today and came back swinging!

I know it isn't what we are supposed to do but enough of aggressive libs a`d I still am able to hold my own,

Gg5/Shalom

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Tim said...

Hey Sean, can you please post your thoughts on what Russia is doing in regards to telling their people to come back to the "motherland" and be prepped for a nuclear war.

Sean Osborne said...

Tim,

My thoughts are that Putin and his inner circle are doing what they think is prudent planning in preparing for war with the West.

We're doing the same thing.

Great Grany 5 said...

Sean,

Received a link from the young Christian Jewish minister "Amir", and what he shared about Yemen Houhdi Rebels was right on with your report? Not sure I spelled the rebels name correctly but the repro was very good!

As I was watching events around the world on my tablet and beginning to get a little frightened, I had a Suddenly Moment and I want to share it with you all! I had grown very weary in the fact that no one on the face of this earth was ever going to do anything at all to bring Hillary or the forces that be, into correction and yes, I was very angery! Then out of my heart rose up this statement "WILMA, you are experiencing the beginning of the close of the Church Age and you are not to be afraid!"

We will pass through this transition according to God's Word and HE IS totally with us all the way through until HE sends HIS Son Jesus out on that cloud to call us Home.

Yes, we are to be very alert and aware of every detail but my main call is to pray diligently and without fear or thinking according to the World's mind set.

$so onward and upward.

GG5/shalom

Anonymous said...

FYI: Interesting commentary from Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick:

http://carolineglick.com/from-yemen-to-turtle-bay/

Glick is a sharp thinker. She disturbingly points out here that some of Obama's policy related to Iran and the Middle East has been lifted from recommendations made to his predecessor, George W. Bush, by the Iraq Study Group.

Some conservatives on radio and TV argue that Obama is incompetent and bumbling along when it comes to foreign policy. However, I think a more honest assessment shows that he is deliberate in his decisions and knows exactly what he is doing.

- Brian from Florida

Sean Osborne said...

Zero has a gate keeper. Her name is Valerie Jarrett. She comes from a card-carrying lineage of communists. Zero does nothing w/out her say-so or approval.

Rhonda said...

We don't hear much about her anymore. They must be keeping her in the shadows. Who does she get her marching orders from? Probably satan himself!
On another note, thank you to GG5 for reminding me to see if Amir had another update. He did and they are very good. Like you, GG5 I have found myself getting scared with all this war talk with n.weapons. Amir helped me to calm down too. Lets keep each other in prayer as things get worse and we near the moment of the shout from our Lord to Come up here. I wish it would be sooner rather than later for sure!
On yet another note, you will like this Sean, the notes I sent in from Mr. Stone you didn't publish was from one of his teachings that I bought recently right, well the $75.00 that you saw it cost was only a fraction of the cost when it was brand
new. I have a friend that bought that teaching when it was first out. She never told me how much she paid, she just said it was a lot.

Great Grany 5 said...

Rhonda,

I was also relieved to hear Amid's report and recognized how much Sean has helped all of us to be well equipped to carry out our Assignments from the Lord! My help always comes from the Lord whenever I enter into my prayer room and He enters in with me.

It hasn't always been like this but way back in 1990 the Lord moved so powerfully in my life that I will never be the same again. But you have to know that I feel a very real and close association with everyone here at Eschalotolgy Today and I trust Sean and the realness of his conversations with everyone here.

God is so very real to me and when He speaks it really blesses my whole faith in Him and I need that 24/7/365. WE all do and more so every day. We are getting so very close to fulfilling our Assignments and I can hardly settle down to this political dance today. I want to shout "DO YOU KNOW Jesus is just about ready to step out on that cloud" but they won't hear us most of the time. So then what ldo we do?

PRAY LIKE YOU NEVWER HAVE BEFORE AND DO NOT GIVE UP! Can you tell I am excited?

Love all of you in Jesus name and call you my brothers and sister,

GG5/shalom

Sean Osborne said...

Rhonda,

My assessment is that Valerie Jarrett takes her orders from George Soros. He's not Satan, but he certainly acts on his behalf.

Great Grany 5 said...

Yes SEAN!

George thinks he is running the world but after all, he is only human and as such has an ending just like all humans.

Just read the new post and I got a big shot of release with the scripture you shared with us. Man, did you ever create a spark and I am still shouting over it! I know things will become much worse and the weak will submit but I have to keep focused on the Unchanging and most powerful Word of God in all of this. Social media is getting very vocal and a new element has suddenly come forth that can complicate our everyday life but time will reveal it all!

"Now as in through a glass darkly but then face to face"

GG5/shalom