Iran Conducts Large Scale 100 Vessel War Game

by Robin Pomeroy (Reuters) - Iran on Friday began large-scale naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf, which will feature its first submarine cruise missile launches, state media reported, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. More than 100 vessels were taking part in the three-day war games in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian … [Read more...]

Trump, Iran and the New Guns of August -James Stavridis

By James Stavridis (Bloomberg Opinion) -- In the hot summer of 1987, I was a young Navy officer sailing into the Arabian Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz onboard the Valley Forge, a brand new and heavily armed Aegis Cruiser. Our mission, code-named Ernest Will, was to escort merchant ships in and out of the Gulf, protecting them from the threat of Iranian cruise missiles and air … [Read more...]

Trump’s War of Words With Iran Shines Spotlight on Vital Oil Route

By Anthony DiPaola (Bloomberg) -- The war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and his counterpart in Iran over oil exports and sanctions is shining a spotlight on the narrow, twisting conduit for about 30 percent of the world’s seaborne-traded crude. The Middle East’s biggest oil exporters rely on the Strait of Hormuz, the passage linking the Persian Gulf with … [Read more...]