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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Two oil tankers have been damaged in the Strait of Hormuz, according to the US 5th Fleet, with one reportedly being targeted by a torpedo. Front Altair, a 110,000 dwt tanker operated by Norwegian shipping company Frontline, is the one hit by a torpedo, shipping news site Tradewinds reported citing industry sources. Kokuka Courageous, another vessel underway in the Strait of Hormuz, was damaged following an "incident on board", BSM Ship Management – the vessel manager – said on its website on Thursday.

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Iran "rescues" the crews and takes them to the port of Jask.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that the incident happened as Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was meeting Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, adding: "Suspicious doesn't begin to describe what likely transpired this morning."

The vessels were carrying what Japan trade officials said was "Japan-related cargo".

The initial reports of the blasts came through the Royal Navy-linked UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) safety group, which issued a warning, urging "extreme caution" in the area.

The US 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, said it had sent the USS Bainbridge to assist.

Spokesman Josh Frey said in a statement: "US naval forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 06:12 local time (03:12 GMT) and a second one at 07:00."

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-13 06:49 AM | Reply

1. Iran rescued the crews so they won't be blamed for a false flag.

2. Iran rescued the crew so they won't be blamed for something they did out of spite.

3. Random accident. Iran the good guy. Case closed.

It's either one or two.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-13 06:52 AM | Reply

Interesting that Japanese cargo was "attacked" not more than a month after Fat Nixon and Abe have private meetings.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-06-13 07:37 AM | Reply

Preemptive strike any day now.

#4 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-06-13 07:43 AM | Reply

#2 JT

4. Iran "rescues" crew to torture the crew until they say they didn't see nuthin.

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-06-13 09:44 AM | Reply

Foreign owned cargo on a foreign owned ship
Let jump to conclusions and promote some war

--- the DR "right"

#6 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-06-13 10:03 AM | Reply

What would be the point of torpedoing a tanker?

And if it was Iran, how did It Fail?

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2019-06-13 10:16 AM | Reply

4. Iran "rescues" crew to torture the crew until they say they didn't see nuthin.

Possible.

However judging from the past, Iranians see themselves as excellent hosts. They WANT to be seen as the good guys even if they knocked out your tankers in the first place.

Iranian hospitality is legendary and thousands of years old.

#8 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-06-13 10:19 AM | Reply

What would be the point of torpedoing a tanker?
And if it was Iran, how did It Fail?

#7 | POSTED BY JPW

I don't see it either. It makes no sense for Iran, as there's no upside. nothing to gain.

It makes better sense for an intelligence operation hostile to Iran.

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-13 10:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Gulf of Tonkin II

#10 | Posted by qcp at 2019-06-13 10:53 AM | Reply

The Orange Lard Barge needs his election year war to boost his plummeting poll numbers.

Problem is that Iran is not Grenada.

#11 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-06-13 11:38 AM | Reply

One of those ships is flagged from the Marshall Islands. Little naval tidbit about the Marshall Islands: The Compact of Free Association with the United States gives the U.S. sole responsibility for international defense of the Marshall Islands.

RONT ALTAIR - Flagged in Marshall Islands, en route from Ruwais, UAE to Taiwan

#12 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-06-13 11:49 AM | Reply

I dont want my taxes paying to protect foriegn oil tankers. Let them pay for their own protection.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2019-06-13 12:25 PM | Reply

I am usually not a "false flag" guy, but these attacks, in the Gulf of Oman, do seem suspicious, since they involve petrochemical derivatives (not crude oil) that Iran does not typically export. The Mullahs aren't stupid but some of the IRGC and Quds Force command structure certainly are, so who knows.

As I said during the last attacks, the Maritime Insurance investigators are probably the best in the world in determining cause (including origin of explosives and type of device) so it will be interesting to see what they say.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 12:45 PM | Reply

Having read a few articles and official press releases about this now, two things announced by the official Iran News Agency (IRNA) are very suspicious:

1) Within minutes of the attack, the IRNA had announced that the Front Altair had sunk; and

2) Shortly after that, the IRNA had announced that "courageous ships from the IRG Navy had rescued all survivors from both attacks" and had taken them to an Iranian port to safety.

The problem with these announcements is that they are not only incorrect, but the timing is suspect: the Front Altair is still afloat, US Navy and Dutch ships had rescued the sailors and most notably, the announcement about "both" attacks supposedly took place before the attack on the Kokuka.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 01:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#15 interesting.

The US Navy is reporting they've spotted an undetonated mine attached to one of the ships.

#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-13 04:37 PM | Reply

#15

Should we go to war?

(Anyone can answer)

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-06-13 04:57 PM | Reply

#17

Not over this, but someone is pushing for it...probably MBS and the Saudis if I had to guess.

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 05:06 PM | Reply

The US Navy is reporting they've spotted an undetonated mine attached to one of the ships.

Like I said, the Mullahs are usually smarter than this, but the IRGC and the Quds Force, not so much:

"WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - An unexploded device, believed to be a limpet mine, was spotted on the side of one of two oil tankers attacked on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, a U.S. official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

If confirmed, then the method of attack would be the same as the one that the United States believes was used last month when four other tankers were struck off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The United States believes Iran was likely responsible for those attacks, a charge Tehran denies."

#19 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 05:09 PM | Reply

I wouldn't rule out Israel or Saudi Arabia having done this to give the U.S. a reason to go to war with Iran, who they both hate.

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-06-13 05:10 PM | Reply

#20

This is too clumsy for the Mossad, but it is totally within the crudeness of the Saudis.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 05:38 PM | Reply

This is too clumsy for the Mossad, but it is totally within the crudeness of the Saudis.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter

If the Mossad did it they'd make it look as though they didn't

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-06-13 05:46 PM | Reply

#22

True, but if the Mossad did it those tankers would be at the bottom of the Gulf of Oman.

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-13 06:00 PM | Reply

I say let the UN discuss it and how to respond. Better for the US to allow the world body decide on the proper course.

Then after they decide, the US should stay neutral and say, "Great idea" Let's see other countries take care of it.

Crickets

No to war. No to involvement.

#24 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-06-13 08:41 PM | Reply

True, but if the Mossad did it those tankers would be at the bottom of the Gulf of Oman.

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter

A burning hulk makes for better TV than a sunken tanker

#25 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-06-15 07:45 PM | Reply

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