Iran captures RN sailors... 23 March 2007

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

    Bloody hell.
     
  2. Sounds like a set up to me..

    Hope everyone is well and comes out of this okay..
     
  3. thanx for the link

    same here I hope that everything turns out ok, my thoughts go to thee friends and famlies.
    ship_rat
     
  4. dejas vous
     
  5. 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
     
  6. 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).
     
  7. Ahh, wasn't it back in 2003 when a same case happened, the RN crossed over onto the Iran borders. Hope they are ok!
     
  8. 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.........
     
  9. not again ffs
     
  10. ...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....
     
  11. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    the way the Iranians are bleating on about the Americans nabbing there officers this doesn't sound to good...
     
  12. Fingers crossed for a speedy conclusion to this news grabbing item!
     
  13. My old ship, I might know some of em :(
     
  14. my old ship too. hope they are let go safe and well.
     
  15. god speed for a safe and peaceful recovery


    do not understand why the ship/AC was not able to offer help or stop them (but might be my lack of knowledge of the incident). but it would have to be a V brave skipper to approve the use of weapons on them.
    any way it dont matter now lets hope they return home soon
     
  16. How far away must the Cornwall have been for them to even consider such a trick?

    Surely we should be more careful!
     
  17. Gentlemen, just a word of caution.

    Please don't speculate on the circumstances surrounding this action. Some of you are better placed than others to comment , but remember, the media is always lurking.

    At times like this, they'll be looking for lapses to pad out reports. Please do not give them anything that compromises OPSEC , or which would be of use to an unfriendly entity.

    Thanks

    PTP
     
  18. BZ, Percy . DH going deep.
     
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