What's fishy about Iran seizing the U.S. Navy's riverine boats

This is circulating on the Internet. I can't attest to its authenticity or its accuracy. But as a former Navy officer, this sounds about right, although I don't know that Iran has faster and better armed boats:

A former SEAL Officer's take on the recent Iran/U.S. Sailors incident:

"I hope none of my FB friends are gullible enough to believe the strayed
into Iranian waters and had mechanic problems nonsense. I
rarely pull out my dusty old trident, but in this case, here
goes. I was a Navy SEAL officer in the 1980s, and this kind
of operation (transiting small boats in foreign waters) was
our bread and butter.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Today, these boats both not only had radar, but multiple GPS devices,
including chart plotters that place your boat's icon right on the chart.
The claim by Iran that the USN boats "strayed into Iranian waters" is
complete bull$h!t.

For an open-water
transit between nations, the course is studied and planned
in advance by the leaders of the Riverine Squadron, with
specific attention given to staying wide and clear of any
hostile nation's claimed territorial waters. The boats
are given a complete mechanical check before departure, and
they have sufficient fuel to accomplish their mission plus extra.

If, for some unexplainable and rare circumstance one boat broke down,
the other would tow it, that's why two boats go on these trips and not one!
It's called "self-rescue" and it's SOP.

This entire situation is in my area of expertise. I can state with
complete confidence that both Iran and our own State
Department are lying. The boats did not enter Iranian waters. They
were overtaken in international waters by Iranian patrol boats that were
so superior in both speed and firepower that it became a "hands up!"
situation, with automatic cannons in the 40mm to 76mm range pointed
at them point-blank. Surrender, hands up, or be blown out of the water.
I assume that the Iranians had an English speaker on a loudspeaker to
make the demand. This takedown was no accident or coincidence, it was
a planned slap across America's face.

Just watch. The released Sailors will be ordered not to say a word about
the incident and the Iranians will have taken every GPS device,
chart-plotter etc off the boats, so that we will not be able to prove exactly
where our boats were taken.

The "strayed into Iranian waters" story being put out by Iran and
our groveling and appeasing State Dept. is utter and complete BS from
one end to the other." - Matt Bracken

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  • Before relying on Matt Bracken, you may want to get a second opinion. As one reviewer said of him, "Matthew Bracken is a patriot from the Free Republic forums and former Navy SEAL who has written several self published novels. . . . . Bracken's novels are part of a recent glut of self-published apocalypse fiction incorporating libertarian, populist, survivalist, xenophobic and ultra-conservative themes and rhetoric."

  • In reply to jnorto:

    So what do you think about the substance of what he says?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Smells like a conspiracy yarn to me.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Could be. But even paranoids sometimes are right. I still don't see how they could have been so far off course with them and their command knowing it.

  • If you CAN"T attest for the authenticity or accuracy of the piece why run it on your blog? Does it sound about right because it feeds the anti-Obama narrative?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    It sounds about right because it sounds about right. As I said, as a former Navy officer, I believe this are all legitimate questions. No matter the source.

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