Most of you have seen or read that some Iranian boats buzzed a few of our ships that were steaming in international waters near the Straits of Hormuz. The US ships were a cruiser (USS Port Royal, CG 73), a destroyer (USS Hopper, DDG 70) and a frigate (USS Ingraham, FFG 61).
Here is some raw video of the incident:
Maybe it is because I am not as charitable as most, but I would have 100% for sure put those tiny craft on the bottom, right into Davy Jones’s locker. The video shows those boats, of which I have seen faster on Miami Vice, approx 500m from our warships. Screw that.
Lets take a look – yep, all three of our ships have the Phalanx CIWS (Close In Weapons System). That would have sunk those pieces of crap quick and easy. I love that damned gun. 3,000 rounds of 20mm per minute with automatic fire control from the computer controlled radar. You want demos? We got ’em.
Here is test firing of the Phalanx:
Here is the Phalanx showing what it can do on a floating target in the distance. Imagine this is one of those cigarette boats:
Hard to say why the commanders of our ships were being so charitable. All I know is that if it were me, I would blow those jerks out of the water.
Cross posted at LITGM.