August 24th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

Iran's new super-fast naval gunships

The aircraft carrier the USS Stennis will start heading back to the Middle East next week, returning ahead of schedule to meet any new threats from Iran. The move comes amid tensions over Iran's nuclear program and new signs that Iran is boosting its own naval capability. CNN senior international correspondent Dan Rivers has the details.

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  87. rick

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  88. Red Blooded American

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    • drrocko

      Make nice targets for A-10's !

      September 21, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
  89. SayanIndia

    A violent explosion at shallow depth will sink those speedboats in numbers.

    Top brass of United States Navy (USN) is certainly relaxing as media remain in speculation mode.


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  90. xfiler93

    Just more to sink.

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    • desertguy

      For a real military strategist, it would only take the first attack before you would reduce to rubble all of the places the boats come from, made, or repaired and it would not cost that much. Same thing with just about all of their assets, they will get just one chance to use them (with some effect) and then they will be gone. If it continues, then Tehran will glow in the dark, without a lot of expense.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  91. calscott

    If the small boats really come in groups like that, night vision surveillance and a Mop drop, 30,000-pound bombs? A little expensive at $314 million each but I bet if they saw a few of them they might decide to turn around. How far does the US Navy Fleets park off the coast when bombing? If they park far enough off the coast, wouldn't the small boats run out of gas before they even reach the Navy Fleets miles and miles out in the middle of the ocean?

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  92. Michael Gallagher USN (RET)

    What these silly speedboats are is a smokin' hole in the water complete with vaporized bodies..still racing around consuming 3 gallons of fuel perminute. Automatic radar-guided gunsystems and or various missile systems will make them grease spots floating on the surface, while the boat pieces are sitting on the bottom.

    September 13, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
    • zelskid

      my thoghts exacly. They will make nice reefs.

      September 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
      • chuckles larue

        But what if there are 500 of them coming at you? 1,000?

        September 15, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • LawrenceJP

      I look forward to seeing these little boats blown out of the water. Should make some fun 6:00 news footage.

      September 19, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
  93. eyetweaks

    This is my weapon and this is my gun, and that's not weapon hes holding so it must be his gun in his hand. But this boat either way is a let down.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  94. R U 4 Real?

    I can think of off the top of my head at least a dozen different ways to take this boat out with ease and minimal effort or cost. One of them actually using the speed of the craft against itself and could knock out dozens of them at the same time!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
  95. R U 4 Real?

    Ummmmm, since when does a speed boat and a guy with a rifle equal super fast gunship?

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    • HateTheMiddleEast

      Really? It is a Speed Boat (as you stated) and the guy is holding a rifle (also as you stated)
      So Speed Boat (Super Fast Ship) + Rifle (Gun) = Super Fast Gun Ship. Silly you

      September 12, 2012 at 5:53 am | Reply
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