Iranian Flagship?

flagship of the iranian navy -- a speedboat

Small craft suspected to be from the Islamic Republic of Iran Revolutionary Guard Navy (IRGCN), maneuver aggressively in close proximity of the U.S. Navy Aegis-class cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), Aegis-class destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) and frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61). All three ships were steaming in formation and had just completed a routine Strait of Hormuz transit. Coalition vessels, including U.S. Navy ships, routinely operate in the vicinity of both Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and IRGCN vessels and aircraft, without incident. U.S. Navy photo

At least the admiral is wearing a flotation device. If he attacks, he’s going to need it.

All joking aside, probably the best thing we can do is point this Iranian jackassery out and carry on. Sure, one of these boats could be carrying a nuclear weapon, and simple suicide attacks with just conventional explosives have to be guarded against as well. But these guys could easily be the sacrificial lambs being offered up to get us shooting and give the Iranians cover to “shoot back” with the whole arsenal. We all know how that would end, but we don’t really want to go there at this point, do we?

UPDATE: Oh, and I forgot to mention CIWS now does surface targets, too. Follow the link for coverage of the Phalanx Block 1B.