Fleets Converge off Yemen
Here is some updated news from the Debka file on the Saudi-Iranian standoff near the Yemen coast. Now as predicted, the USN is getting into the act while Tehran reinforces:
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that over the weekend, the Aegis class cruiser USS Chosin was designated the flagship of Combined Task Force 151 which is patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea.
Responding to this signal, Iran’s navy commander Adm. Habibollah Sayyari announced Monday, Nov. 23, that Ghadir-class submarines would be joining the four Iranian warships already in position opposite the Yemeni coast. He did not say how many subs were to be deployed.
You might recall that the Saudi’s are suspecting Tehran of supporting Shiite rebels in Yemen, which is predominately Sunni. Concerning the Ghadir mini-subs, these are not a game changer unless the USN or their Arab allies are careless. From Global Security we learn:
Displacement (Submerged)-120 tons
Speed (Surfaced)-11 knots
Speed (Submerged)-8 knots
Torpedo2 533mm torpedo tubes (also capable of launching mines)