Iran captures RN sailors... 23 March 2007

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stumpy

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Just heard on radio 4 that several RN sailors form HMS Cornwall have been captured by Iran.

Bloody hell.
 

ukdaytona

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What was the bloody Ship doing when they were grabbed??

Why was the Helicopter not armed and launched ??

And If Mags Beckett is involved in the negotiations to get them back - god help them
 
Do we not do a shot across the bows these days ? Even sighting a turret might have some effect surely ?

Trust all goes well, but I wouldn't trust 'em (or the FCO for that matter).
 
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Ahh, wasn't it back in 2003 when a same case happened, the RN crossed over onto the Iran borders. Hope they are ok!
 

Karma

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Jenny_Dabber said:
the RN crossed over onto the Iran borders.

According to the news report they were ''escorted'' into territorial waters.

Sounds all a bit suspect to me but as to the cab or gun engaging, it depends on the ROE, and whether the CO would have been willing to escalate things into a shooting war.........
 

RNRAWBOD

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Jenny_Dabber said:
Ahh, wasn't it back in 2003 when a same case happened, the RN crossed over onto the Iran borders. Hope they are ok!

...the Iranians ALLEGED they crossed over in that case. Don't believe it was ever confirmed.

I would be very surprised if this was a Regular Iranian unit - I bet anything it will be the Revolutionary Guards. Who are an interesting group of people... See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_guards or http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/pasdaran.htm for a little light reading. They operate theoretically under the unified command structure of the other armed forces of Iran, however in practice they very often seem to do their own thing, shall we say....
 
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