Persian Gulf

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This $1.4B Warship Doesn't Work in Warm Water

British destroyer basically loses all power while sailing in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Crew members in the British Royal Navy keep coming up against a pesky, possibly dangerous Achilles' heel as their $1.4 billion warships cruise through the Persian Gulf: warm waters. Water temps there can hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and that's causing the ships to lose power, CNN reports. During... More »

Navigational Blunder Blamed for Capture of US Sailors

Iran incident a 'debacle,' retired admiral says

(Newser) - It was human error, not mechanical trouble, that led to 10 US service members being detained by Iran after straying into its waters, according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. "They obviously had misnavigated," he told reporters on Thursday, per the AP . "They did not report this navigational... More »

US: Iran Fired Rockets Near Our Warships

Pentagon calls exercise in Strait of Hormuz 'highly provocative'

(Newser) - The US is accusing Iran of "highly provocative" actions near the Persian Gulf—with live missiles. Officials say Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels conducted a live fire exercise in the narrow Strait of Hormuz "in close proximity" to US ships over the weekend. As first reported by NBC News... More »

Persian Gulf Is Getting Too Hot for Humans

Heat, humidity will create killer conditions, study warns

(Newser) - A stark warning, even by the standards of climate research: If emissions continue at their current level, parts of the Persian Gulf region will simply become too hot and humid for people to survive in. Researchers say that by the end of this century, the combined heat and humidity "... More »

Marines Helicopter Crashes With 25 on Board

But all are rescued in Gulf of Aden

(Newser) - Close call in the Arabian Sea: A group of 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors avoided serious injury today when their helicopter crashed in the Gulf of Aden, the Navy says. The CH-53E Super Stallion—a Marine Corps helicopter—was trying to land on the USS Mesa Verde's deck... More »

Coast Guard Fires on Iranian Boat

Dhow aimed machine gun at US crew patrolling Gulf

(Newser) - An Iranian boat that pointed a machine gun at the crew of a US Coast Guard cutter took off after the Americans fired a warning shot in response, the Navy says. Military officials say the Monomoy, one of the Coast Guard vessels patrolling international waters in the Persian Gulf, dispatched... More »

UAE Brings in Conscription

Gulf nation worried about 'difficult neighbors'

(Newser) - Does the United Arab Emirates spy trouble ahead? The Gulf nation has introduced a law requiring all males over 18 to serve at least nine months in the military, or two years if they haven't finished high school, Al Jazeera reports. Officials say the conscription law, which follows a... More »

Iran: Fake US Warship Is Just a Movie Prop

Iranian media slams US for jumping to conclusions

(Newser) - The replica of an American aircraft carrier under construction in Iran is a mere movie prop, according to Iranian media. Iranian newspapers say the Nimitz-class replica spotted by satellites will appear in an upcoming movie about the downing of an Iran Air civilian plane by the USS Vincennes in 1988,... More »

Iran Building Fake US Carrier ... to Blow Up?

US officials say it could be for propaganda boost

(Newser) - A ship nearing completion in Iran looks rather familiar to American eyes: US officials say it's a sort of replica of the Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier—it even has the Nimitz's number 68 painted near the bow—except that it's not actually a working aircraft... More »

Iran Says Warships Going to US Maritime Border

'This move has a message,' Iranian official says

(Newser) - Iran says it has launched warships with orders to approach US maritime borders in the Atlantic ocean, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. "This move has a message," an Iranian admiral was quoted as saying. That message: stand up against the US and its allies for stationing... More »

6.3 Quake Strikes Near Iran's Nuclear Site

Just 55 miles from Bushehr; reverberations felt across Gulf

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake shook south western Iran this morning, near the country's Bushehr reactor, the US Geological Survey reported today. The quake clocked in at 6.3 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter just 55 miles from Bushehr. Social media reports spotted by the BBC indicate that reverberations... More »

Iran: We Captured US Drone US: No, You Didn't

US says all ScanEagles 'fully accounted for' after Iranian report

(Newser) - Iranian state TV is claiming that the country's Revolutionary Guard captured a US drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf—a report the US moved quickly to squash, reports the AP , with a Navy spokesman saying that all US drones are "fully accounted for."... More »

25 Nations Practice War Against Iran

Naval armada plays 'war game' in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - A whole lot of firepower is headed to the Persian Gulf today as Israel and Iran pound their war drums and Benjamin Netanyahu urges Washington not to let Tehran score a nuclear "touchdown." The US, Britain, France, and 22 other countries are sending a naval armada to the... More »

US Arms Sales Hog 75% of Global Market

Washington's overseas sales tripled last year

(Newser) - America's weapon sales abroad last year skyrocketed to $66.3 billion, triple the 2010 figure of $21.4 billion, according to a nonpartisan report. US sales accounted for more than three-quarters of the $85.3 billion market and marked a record high for sales in a year, blowing away... More »

Inside Quest for Gulf Missile Shield: Arms Deals, Coaxing

US chipping away at rivalries in face of threat of Iranian attack

(Newser) - The US is quietly seeking cooperation among its Gulf allies as it works toward a missile defense shield in the region. But the shield, intended as a stance against any Iranian threat, comes with a challenge for Hillary Clinton: encouraging countries from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia to join forces on... More »

US Navy Saves Iranians From Burning Ship

Destroyer's crew comes to aid of stricken crew

(Newser) - Iran has made it clear that American military vessels aren't welcome near its waters, but eight of its citizens must have been pretty glad to see the USS James E. Williams last night. The destroyer saved 10 people, including eight Iranians, from a burning Iranian-flagged ship, reports ABC . The... More »

Iran's Naval Power Growing, Experts Warn

Analysts point to threat to US ships in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - With a host of new boats, submarines, and anti-ship missiles, Iran's navy is quickly gaining power—and that could pose a serious threat to US ships in the Persian Gulf, analysts tell the Washington Post . American Navy officials believe the US would come out on top in any showdown,... More »

Eyes on Iran, US Beefs Up Persian Gulf Presence

Secret missile defense site in Qatar, extra aircraft carrier ready for conflict

(Newser) - The US military is building a missile-defense radar station at a secret site in Qatar, as it quietly prepares for a possible military confrontation with Iran, US officials tell the Wall Street Journal . The Pentagon fears that when this summer's oil sanctions fully kick in, Iran will lash out,... More »

US Ship Fires on Small Boat in Persian Gulf, Kills 1

They say verbal warnings failed to deter small vessel

(Newser) - A US military ship fired on what officials described as a "small white pleasure craft" in the Persian Gulf today, apparently killing one person onboard. The incident occurred about 10 miles from the Dubai port of Jebel Ali, and the craft appeared to be heading for port, officials tell... More »

New UAE Pipeline Bypasses Gulf

Move makes Strait of Hormuz closure less of a threat

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates has officially opened a pipeline that gives the oil-exporting Persian Gulf nation some protection from the Gulf's political woes. The 236-mile Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline cuts through rugged terrain to reach Fujairah on the UAE's Indian Ocean coast, reports the BBC . The pipeline... More »

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