Funny Fiz should use the Falklands, considering the brits won that little engagement precisely because Argentina's Navy could not compete with the Royal Navy, even with the RN's lack of large deck carriers.
i was referring more to the fact that a vastly inferior military managed to sink ships that were thought to be invincible.
The USS Cole was hardly a large ship. And she was in port, at anchor. Had she been at sea, with General Quarters stations manned, she would not have been hurt. Our little ships can move pretty quick, and the crewmen have 50 cal mounts around them.
would the blast that took out the cole, carried by the same time of boats that wiped out the USN in the millenium exercise, be able to sink larger vessels? how about thousands of those little boats, all coming at once, which is exactly what that wargame showed would take out the USN?
And Millenium Challenge was an exercise designed to deal with future conditions, not current capabilities.
Red, commanded by retired Marine Corps Lt. General Paul K. Van Riper, used motorcycle messengers to transmit orders to front-line troops, evading Blue's sophisticated electronic surveillance network. They also used a fleet of small boats to determine the position of Blue's ships without being detected. In the early days of the exercise, Red launched a massive salvo of cruise missiles, overwhelming the Blue forces' electronic sensors, destroying sixteen warships. The equivalent of this success in a real conflict would have resulted in the death of over 20,000 servicemen and servicewomen. Soon after that offensive, another significant portion of Blue's navy was "sunk" by an armada of small Red boats carrying out both conventional and suicide attacks, able to engage Blue forces due to Blue's inability to detect them as well as expected.
so which part are future capabilities? people on motorcycles carrying messages? people committing suicide attacks in small boats which has happened, or the launching of cruise missiles that wouldn't be hard to attain?
Fiz, you are out of your league here. I lived and breathed this stuff for years. Iran versus the US in any military capacity would be a mismatch. They know it, and we know it. They might get in a few lucky blows, but they know their military would not be able to stand up very long.
Iran doesn't need to maintain military control of the Strait to effect a 'shutdown'. They need to increase the insurance costs of any company running a tanker through the Strait to unfeasible levels, and that would be really f*cking easy