Minor incident near the Strait of Hormuz:
Four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps attack craft vessels were “traveling right at” the USS Mahan in the Strait of Hormuz at a “very high rate of speed,” a defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told VOA earlier Monday.
When the Iranian boats did not respond to radio requests to slow down, the USS Mahan fired shots with a .50 caliber machine gun.
The USS Mahan (DDG-72) was escorting the USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and an oiler when the boats approached.
The reports are a little confusing at the moment. Murdoc wonders if claims of “fired three warning shots” actually refer to warning flares launched by the ship. Was it really three rounds from a machine gun? Does that even count?
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SeaRAM is basically a Phalanx Block 1B CIWS with an 11-cell RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launcher for extended range and increased effectiveness over the CIWS’s standard M61 Vulcan 20mm 6-barrel cannon.
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Taiwan warns of increasing threat as Chinese warships conduct drill
Taiwan warned on Tuesday that “the threat of our enemies is growing day by day”, as Chinese warships led by the country’s sole aircraft carrier sailed towards the island province of Hainan through the South China Sea on a routine drill.
China has given few details of what the Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier is up to, save that it is on a routine exercise. Taiwan has said the aircraft carrier skirted waters outside of its eastern air defence identification zone.
The carrier is expected to arrive at a Chinese military base on the southern Chinese island of Hainan late on Tuesday, Taiwan’s defence ministry said.
The Liaoning was laid down by Russia as a Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier then sold–supposedly for use as a floating hotel and casino–to China. The carrier has been in commission in the Chinese navy since 2012. It was recently declared “combat ready.”
Its main combat aircraft are 24 Shenyang J-15 fighters operating from a ski-jump flight deck. The Liaoning is to serve as a training and development ship while the Chinese figure out how to build and operate carriers.