This is from a fairly famous poem by a lesser known author. It dates back to when the audience had some familiarity with history and people actually fought for their civilization and didn't run away and pretend to be refugees.
Watching the debacle as the royal navy intercepts a tanker near Gibralter and watching the Persian Empire retaliate by taking two Britishish tankers knowing that England isn't the power it once was but still appears to think it is: priceless. Short of nuclear weapons, everything that Britain could throw at Persia would perish in a short while. Most people think of Persia as 3rd world state. It isn't.
Give the British ruling class extra marbles for a forlorn hope but take away the marbles for their failure to realize that the Royal Navy is a shadow of what it was in the Falklands War or in the centuries before. There is no there, there. The mullahs have masked and largely negated the power of that people but it is still there and let us just say, it is steeped in conquest and evil.
More anon. It's a subject worth exploring.
Does the RN even have more than one DESRON? I should like to think of those tankers being visited early in the morning by the SBS, but does the RN have the capability to get them there?ReplyDelete
should the RN not have the organic capability to do so, one would suspect that their friends with whom they have had a long lasting and special relationship with may somehow assist them in having their necessary forces arrive at the appointed time and place as required.Delete
of course, the IRG is insane enough to have thoroughly mined the vessels in anticipation of such an eventDelete
I do know that the Royal Navy has more admirals than it has ships. They managed to get two warships to the Gulf for their response to this attack. I think that's all they've got that can get underway. They might scramble another one in a month or two but I read recently that most of their ships are crippled in one way or another. Doesn't mean they won's send them if the machinery works even if the weapons don't. That's what guarded us on task during Praying Mantis. Yep, we got the FFG that couldn't throw a missile to the rail without having it fall right back into the magazine because the hold back latch failed. Warm fuzzies all around.Delete
The Iranians have mined the waters at least twice over the last 30 years and it's dead easy to do and I doubt our surveillance is capable of interdicting it anymore. I don't know what the status of the expeditionary ship is based there but it might be capable. I doubt it, but it might be capable of stopping the mining. An alfa strike on the mine magazines ashore might do wonders though.ReplyDelete