Armada Of US & British Naval Power Massing In Gulf As ISRAEL PREPARES TO STRIKE IRAN

An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons...
The Strait of Hormuz is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point
The Strait of Hormuz is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point

“My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.Psalm 121

An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons programme. Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

The Strait of Hormuz is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south.

In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.

The war games are the largest ever undertaken in the region. They will practise tactics in how to breach an Iranian blockade of the strait and the force will also undertake counter-mining drills.

The multi-national naval force in the Gulf includes three US Nimitz class carrier groups, each of which has more aircraft than the entire complement of the Iranian air force.

The carriers are supported by at least 12 battleships, including ballistic missile cruisers, frigates, destroyers and assault ships carrying thousand of US Marines and special forces.

The British component consists of four British minesweepers and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cardigan Bay, a logistics vessel. HMS Diamond, a brand-new £1billion Type 45 destroyer, one of the most powerful ships in the British fleet, will also be operating in the region.

In addition, commanders will also simulate destroying Iranian combat jets, ships and coastal missile batteries.

In the event of war, the main threat to the multi-national force will come from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps navy, which is expected to adopt an “access-denial” strategy in the wake of an attack, by directly targeting US warships, attacking merchant shipping and mining vital maritime chokepoints in the Persian Gulf.

Defence sources say that although Iran’s capability may not be technologically sophisticated, it could deliver a series of lethal blows against British and US ships using mini-subs, fast attack boats, mines and shore-based anti-ship missile batteries.

Next month, Iran will stage massive military manoeuvres of its own, to show that it is prepared to defend its nuclear installations against the threat of aerial bombardment.

The exercise is being showcased as the biggest air defence war game in the Islamic Republic’s history, and will be its most visible response yet to the prospect of an Israeli military strike.

Using surface-to-air missiles, unmanned drones and state-of-the-art radar, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and air force will combine to test the defences of 3,600 sensitive locations throughout the country, including oil refineries and uranium enrichment facilities.

Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya air defence base, told a conference this month that the manoeuvres would “identify vulnerabilities, try out new tactics and practise old ones”.

At the same time as the Western manoeuvres in the Gulf, the British Response Task Forces Group — which includes the carrier HMS Illustrious, equipped with Apache attack helicopters, along with the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle – will be conducting a naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean. The task force could easily be diverted to the Gulf region via the Suez Canal within a week of being ordered to do so.

The main naval exercise comes as President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, today to discuss the Iranian crisis.

Many within the Obama administration believe that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities before the US presidential elections, an act which would signal the failure of one of Washington’s key foreign policy objectives.

Both Downing Street and Washington hope that the show of force will demonstrate to Iran that Nato and the West will not allow President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, to develop a nuclear armoury or close Hormuz.

Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, reportedly met the Israeli prime minister and Ehud Barak, his defence secretary, two weeks ago in an attempt to avert military action against Iran.

But just last week Mr Netanyahu signalled that time for a negotiated settlement was running out when he said: “The world tells Israel ‘Wait, there’s still time.’ And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’

“Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”

The crisis hinges on Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme, which Israel believes is designed to build an atomic weapon. Tehran has long argued that the programme is for civil use only and says it has no plans to an build a nuclear bomb, but that claim has been disputed by the West, with even the head of MI6 stating that the Islamic Republic is on course to develop atomic weapons by 2014.

The Strait of Hormuz has long been disputed territory, with the Iranians claiming control of the region and the entire Persian Gulf.

Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps recently boasted that “any plots of enemies” would be foiled and a heavy price exacted, adding: “We determine the rules of military conflict in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.”

But Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, warned that Iranian attempts to exercise control over the Strait of Hormuz could be met with force.

He said: “The Iranians need to understand that the United States and the international community are going to hold them directly responsible for any disruption of shipping in that region — by Iran or, for that matter, by its surrogates.”

Mr Panetta said that the United States was “fully prepared for all contingencies” and added: “We’ve invested in capabilities to ensure that the Iranian attempt to close down shipping in the Gulf is something that we are going to be able to defeat if they make that decision.”

That announcement was supported by Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, who added: “We are determined to work as part of the international community effort to ensure freedom of passage in the international waters of the Strait of Hormuz.”

One defence source told The Sunday Telegraph last night: “If it came to war, there would be carnage. The Iranian casualties would be huge but they would be able to inflict severe blows against the US and British.

“The Iranian Republican Guard are well versed in asymmetrical warfare and would use swarm attacks to sink or seriously damage ships. This is a conflict nobody wants, but the rhetoric from Israel is unrelenting.” source – Telegraph UK

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September 16, 2012 4:51 am

It will happen, the question is… when? it has been building for years and years and will explode.
could this spark the psalm 83 war perhaps?

September 16, 2012 5:04 am

…time to go home, friends.

Happy Rosh Hashanah.

“Behold, I am coming soon!”

September 16, 2012 5:41 am

The United States is descendents of King David right ,,, so God made a promise that he would never forsake his people , so lest get it on , and get rid of Iran once and for all !

September 16, 2012 10:49 am

the united states does not in any way shape form or fashion replace israel, nor do believers,
Israel however, is still israel and it’s people are back in the land as promised and THEY can’t be destroyed.

September 16, 2012 6:44 pm

The U.S. is not a descendent of David. This is just one of the errors taught by those who believe in Replacement Theology. Neither the Church or the U.S. replaces the land of Israel in Gods heart. Careful study of the scriptures will lead you to the truth.
Shalom and God Bless!

September 16, 2012 5:58 am

“…but the rhetoric from Israel is unrelenting.”
Rhetoric? That’s what they call trying to keep a country from being blown to bits??? They are the cause of all this! I pray for Israel, the leaders, & their Jewish people!

September 16, 2012 6:26 am

Unfortunately,Britian has a long history of being anti-Israel and this a U.K. report.
“The main Naval exercise comes as President Barak Obama is scheduled to meet Benjamin Netanyahu…today..” What!? When did this come about? Did I miss this in our U.S. news media?

September 16, 2012 7:56 am


September 16, 2012 8:35 am

I really don’t understand why we are telling Isaerl to wait before they strick I think the US would have already done so with great furry,(or at least I hope they would)as christians we have read and studied the bible and know all to well how the story ends and it seems to get real nasty before it is all over and God is ruling over all the new earth.Pray for the peace of Israel,and all the warroirs that defend that Nation chosen by God as a holy nation and a holy people.

September 16, 2012 10:24 am

The rhetoric from Irsael would not be unrelenting if America’s president would grow a spine and stand up for our greatest friend in the Middle East! The Muslim-in-Chief has left Israel hanging because he wants to see Iran carry out it’s plans to destroy our friend. He is a traitor to all the work our presidents have done since WWII to keep Israel safe. He’s an embarassment to every American who knows what the Lord expects from us! He is also a danger to all of us…the Lord will punish the nations that turn their backs… Read more »

September 17, 2012 1:27 am

Amen brother !!!!

September 16, 2012 7:07 pm

Interesting, Yom Teruah, starts in about four hours, from this offering, with all them ships just itching to make much noise. Have you ever heard the noise of war?? Naval ‘Big Guns’ out-blows a shofar, a bunch. Welcome to the Fall Feasts of God, and perhaps, much Prophecy fulfilled. (A thought).
I won’t mention, Yom Teruah, is a prime Feast candidate for the ‘Snatching of the Bride.’ (another …).

September 16, 2012 8:21 pm

The bride will be snatched away when the number of the gentiles has come in, that said, it could be timed to coincide with a feast day but i don’t see any evidence for that anywhere though it could be there and i just haven’t seen it yet.
All is possable with the God of israel which is so amazing and awesome!
Keep Looking Up!

September 16, 2012 9:48 pm

The bride snatched – NOT! Rapture theology is unbiblical and nonsensical!
If you want to do good to Israel according to the flesh, then pray for their repentance and turning to Christ – and not for some false hope of your escape from trouble and their second Tribulation (one already happened in AD70)!

September 16, 2012 10:06 pm

It’s not? then explain what 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 mean? i can tell you that the verses are NOT speaking of his second coming, that will happen at the end of the tribulation, here are those verses so that you may read them for yourself:

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and… Read more »

September 17, 2012 11:51 am

Terry, you can tell me? Are you a prophet or something? Really?
The problem is that Paul is not teaching about Rapture in these verses, but about the Second Coming! He is teaching about the death of our beloved ones and our reunion with them. We are to comfort each other with these words when somebody falls asleep. But, we are not to comfort each other with these words as if we won’t go through persecutions of the Antichrist, as you Rapturists like to do. On the contrary, the Lord, Paul, Peter, James and John are warning us to be faithful… Read more »

September 17, 2012 1:57 pm

Ok Miro lets break it down, Verse 16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Verse 16 is indeed talking about those who have died in Christ, those of us who have been saved, they will be Resurected and given a glorified body in an instant THEN after that lets see what happens, Verse 17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in… Read more »

September 17, 2012 2:21 pm

You can believe any way you like and so can i, am sick of arguing with those who can’t see, say what you will and think what you will but i am finished with this argument.
You can’t change my mind and i can’t change yours so oh well, at least it isin’t a salvation issue.
May the God of Israel Bless you.

September 17, 2012 11:52 pm

Terry, of course I believe that believers will be resurrected! Verse 16 is clear about that. It is also clear that this will happen the same way Matthew 24, 1. Cor 15 and Rev 20 AND 2. Thess 1:9-10 (where his coming, that Day, is to punish unbelievers and be glorified in his faithful) tell us: in the midst of persecution.

September 16, 2012 8:08 pm

I wonder just how many infiltraters have been busy getting their act together for the real thing; which may happen at any time.