The M Star Mystery Solved?

Who or what the [expletive deleted] dented Japan’s supertanker in the Strait of Hormuz?

We have a putative winner.

Tanker blast in Gulf ‘was terrorist attack’

A terrorist attack was behind an explosion last week that damaged a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the United Arab Emirates official news agency said on Friday.

More than a third of the world’s traded oil flows through the oil-rich Gulf’s strategic waterway that is bordered by Oman, the UAE and Iran, and a terrorist attack, if confirmed, will heighten security concerns in a region where tensions are already running high, analysts said.

Remains of homemade explosives were discovered on the M Star’s hull, as was a dent on the starboard side of the ship, a UAE coastguard source was quoted as saying by the Wam agency.

“Probably the tanker had encountered a terrorist attack from a boat loaded with explosives,” the source was quoted as saying. The investigation into the incident was conducted in the UAE’s Fujairah port.

The M Star, which is owned and operated by Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines, was damaged by what the crew said was an explosion after midnight on July 28, as it travelled through the strait on its way to a port near Tokyo. The tanker, which was loaded with 270,204 tons of oil, was able to continue under its own power to the UAE, with only one crew member slightly injured.

See also:
Japan tanker was damaged in a terror attack, UAE says
Japanese oil tanker attacked by terrorists, says UAE
UAE: Japanese tanker attacked in Persian Gulf
Report: Terrorist Attack Damaged Japanese Oil Tanker
Report: Terrorists Damaged Japanese Tanker
U.A.E. Confirms Terror Attack on Japan Tanker in Persian Gulf Last Month
Brigades of Abdullah Azzam
The M Star Mystery

Oh boy, Islamic terrorists are now ramming shipping in the Strait of Hormuz with explosive laden boats. They failed this time, but they learn.

/it’s not a cold war, it’s not a hot war, it’s an asymmetric war, a concept we barely have the stomach for

Great Prophet 5, Can We Play Too?

Iran war games begin with new ‘ultra fast’ speed boats

At the start of three days of war games in the Persian Gulf, Iran is trumpeting the launch of a new weapon: an “ultra-fast” watercraft.

Iranian television Wednesday showed dozens of speedboats with flags flying as they raced across shimmering waters toward mock target ships, firing rockets and heavy machine guns with a fusillade that caused explosions and columns of billowing black smoke.

State-run PressTV reported that “Iran is showing off its military might” and that the “world got its first glimpse” of the boat. The annual war games were launched months earlier than usual by Revolutionary Guard, as international pressure builds on Iran over its nuclear program.

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Great Prophet: the fifth sequel

Called “Great Prophet V,” the exercise included more than 300 speedboats in combination with ground forces and air units. Iranian news footage showed commandos landing on one of the target ships amid the smoke.

“The most important message from the exercises in the face of American nuclear threats is that we will strongly resist them,” said Ali Shirazi, the representative of Ayatollah Khamenei to Revolutionary Guard naval forces, according to Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

Military spokesman Ali Reza Tangsiri said the new “Ya Mahdi” attack boat – named after the Shiite Muslim messiah who is expected to one day return and bring universal justice – was “less detectable by radar” because of its “high speed.”

“The Strait of Hormuz belongs to the region and foreigners must not intervene in it. We want to keep it safe and secure,” Mr. Tangsiri said according to the ISNA news agency, as translated by Agence France-Presse.

See also:
Iran Begins War Games In Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz
Iran: First Day of War Games a Success
Iran begins war games in Persian Gulf oil route
Decrying U.S., Iran Begins War Games
Iran Launches War Games, Lobbies Against Sanctions
Iran Unveils Stealth Warship In Persian Gulf War Game
Iran Claims Launch Of Speed Boat Capable Of Destroying Enemy Ships
IRAN: Revolutionary Guard to conduct war games amid heightened nuclear tensions
IRGC to Test Fire Different Missiles in Naval Wargames

Great Prophet 5 looks more like a water ski show than a military exercise, nothing helicopters and Mark 75 3″ guns can’t handle. “Less detectable by radar”? I’ll bet there’s quite a few U.S. Navy radar operators laughing their asses off right about now.

/color me unimpressed, we sank their navy once, we can sink it again