All quiet in the Persian Gulf
June 27th, 2012
06:49 PM ET

All quiet in the Persian Gulf

By Jennifer Rizzo

Iran's Navy has discontinued the aggressive moves its forces were making against U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf earlier this year, according to the Navy's top official.

"Things have been, relatively speaking, quiet in that regard," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said during a briefing with reporters Wednesday. "We really haven't had many - quote - confrontations."

In January, U.S. military including Coast Guard ships had two close encounters with high-speed Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf that exhibited provocative behavior.

But Greenert said over the last couple of months, Iran's Navy has had routine exercises and the harassing behavior has stopped.

"Every operation has been predictable and as I said before in accordance with the international rules," he said. "They have been professional and courteous, committing to the rules of the road."

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  1. Danna

    Brazil has a huge arab population , as do aomslt all the latin American countries.Just do a search of arabic/halal/zabiha restaurants in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico etc and that’ll explain why Hussein O is fighting tooth and nail to keep our southern border open and giving American tax dollars to Brazil to fund Soros' oil investments.Or just navigate and prepared to be alarmedOur government is not keeping the borders open for farm-hands from mexico, its for drugs and jihadies ready to create terrifying jihad to bring this country to submission. Examine how well the demographic jihad is bringing around the EU, and how ethnic cleansing of African black muslim population through murder, rape and slavery transfers oil producing lands over to Arab muslim control to fund the ever expanding global dawa movement with the ever increasing bids to build mega mosques and those nefarious “Islam, believe it or else” interfaith dialogue centers.

    November 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  2. Amerikan

    You still have not "won" the war with helter-skelter, tattered Afghanis and now you want one with Iran?
    Do you have too much man power and money too waste? To be fighting on behalf of Israel?

    July 12, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      Yes

      July 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  3. jim

    The US has 11 not counting any of the Helo carriers. I know they can be bombed. I'm just stating a fact.

    July 11, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      They can be bomber if you can get past the fighter screen and the attendant fleet. 50 fighters and 12 guided misile ships should be very easy to bypass

      July 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  4. Everett Wallace

    this is what we have experienced in the united states. when it is quiet, only a few days afterwards all kinds of mess gets started so be sure your downtime is short, I guarantee that an attack is coming.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  5. PJ from TULSA

    History loves winners and thats the motto the United States and every other nation that has ever existed expouses, including Iran. When diplomacy stops working as a nation we're then forced to the next step and if war is the next step Iran has to understand that they cannot win.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:35 am | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      They can win the war of words so long as the button up when the tomohawks start flying.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  6. Arthur

    I work with many Saeed's. They come from a closed society with closed minds. They drink tea all day, pick their toes and somewhere in between that and cultural activities you may get two hours work from them. They criticize the U.S. when slavery just ended in their world in the mid 1900's. Too much opinion for people that don't do anything...

    June 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • Quigley

      Did it ever occur to you Arthur, that saeed may be right? So far, I agree with everything he said. This country must for the sake of humanity cease it's aggressive foreign policies!

      June 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  7. Russian view

    I think that it is not good for U.S. start another one war, European crisis can expand all over the world soon it means that hard days also will touch America and Mr. Obama told about it. Military actions are expensive deals, may be it`s better to focuse on internal problems. Furthermore Iranian army is not so weak as some people suppose. I think if the war begin first of all it will be war between Iran and Israel.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      Iran vs any neighboring country, Iran would easily match all but Turkey though they would put up a very good fight. Iran vs the most over funded Military in the world, Iran has no real chance.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  8. Cheese Wonton

    Iran remembers Operation Praying Mantis in 1988. Their force structure has not changed significantly since then, while US naval power has advanced considerably in the same span of time.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  9. fan

    The stick worked this time!

    June 28, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
  10. saeed

    what can i say usa is closed for business usa has transformed from a new world country to a old world country when before usa tried to export as much as possible to get an economic advantage no it dosent want to export suddenly. usa thinks iran is the one that is causing its problems i say look in the mirror u cant suddenly stop exporting your products, you will be replaced in a second. what does the picture above represent nothing a aircraft carrier russia has one china has one india has one brazil has one. just keep on walking a straight line you will ruin yourself.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • saeedTheTowelHead

      Hahahahahahahahahaha. No really. Hahahahahahahahahahaha

      June 28, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • TJ

      What? saeed (I am speaking real slow cause you must be a little special) shut up stupid. get a clue before you comment.

      June 28, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • mike

      They all have one. We have 11.

      July 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply

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