Uh oh – 11 U.S. warships (not battleships) and one Israeli ship transit Suez and enter Red Sea

They may be joining the Israeli subs just stationed off Iran. With the BP gusher continuing, do I sense a Wag the Dog?

Eleven American battleships and an Israeli one crossed the Suez Canal Friday en route to the Red Sea, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported.

According to the report, traffic in the canal was halted for several hours in order to allow US Navy vessels, which included an aircraft carrier and carried infantry troops, armored vehicles and ammunition, to pass from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

UPDATE: The only source I can find for this story seems to be an England based, Arab language newspaper referenced above, so we can possibly take this with a grain of salt. On the other hand, maybe not. (Links and updates aren’t working well today – WordPress is acting up)

UPDATE II: well, here’s one more source, Dabka.com, which tends to be accurate about fifty per cent of the time.


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4 responses to “Uh oh – 11 U.S. warships (not battleships) and one Israeli ship transit Suez and enter Red Sea

  1. pulled up in OG

    A carrier and ten tin cans, maybe. Don’t think the navy has any active battleships.

  2. fred2

    I think it’s a wierd mistranslation of of some other language where warship = battleship.

    Which of course the layers and layers of fact checkers & editors didn’t intuit.

  3. w b h

    That’s correct; no active battleships now. But the current incarnation of the ‘tin can’ is quite the lethal man of war.

    I’m intimately [10 Atlantic crossings in the 1970s on one] aware of the Adams (DDG-2) class which were conceived in the 1950s, and built in the 1960s. and now there is the Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class. [The USS Cole was one of those.] Heavily armed with missiles — 80 – 90 or so, in a very durable launch system. A couple of 5″ guns, and sophisticated ‘machine guns’ for closer range use. And probably more. All coordinated squadron wide with the Aegis combat system.

    Frankly it surprised me that the CinC is ok with this move which seems like a show of support of IDF if that is indeed one of their ships going along.

    Or it could be just a regular changing of the guard in the region.

  4. pulled up in OG

    If a tin can meets a Russian-built SS-N-22 Sunburn . . .