Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Tanguay, U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 1st class (E-6) who served from 1988-1992, explained to Truth Uncensored why United States sailors would NEVER have allowed the enemy to board any naval vessel, and why U.S. classified information is now certainly in the hands of the Iranians, Chinese, North Korea and Russia.
I know you are truth seekers and for that reason I want to relay a few things to you all. The story of the American sailors being taken by the Iranian Navy is a complete fabrication. Here’s why:
The actions of the boat crews as described by the media is completely against all United States Navy training, tactics and procedures. The crews would have NEVER behaved in such a way unless ordered to do so.
I served in the Persian Gulf on two deployments aboard frigates and with a small boat unit. During my time in the gulf our missions were to patrol assigned areas of the region’s waters, search for and destroy enemy mines, escort friendly tankers and other shipping through the gulf (in particular an area named the Straits of Hormuz), board and search vessels suspected of carrying sanctioned goods, escort offending ships to port, and defend legitimate shipping against attacks.
Several types of armed helicopters are based aboard each Guided Missile Frigate and destroyer and two Mobile Sea Bases (Winbrown and Hercules), are also stationed in the region, as well as in Bahrain offered air support. At that time carriers and other large vessels did not enter the Persian Gulf, so their assets remained close by in the Indian Ocean and in the Red Sea. Air cover is always available, particularly when an active operation is underway.
Navy ships, including small boats, do not “get lost” especially in the Persian Gulf. Before each operation, a detailed plan with multiple contingencies is developed and reviewed by the crews. Each vessel has multiple radar systems and GPS navigational units with vessel tracking ability. Automatic plotters assist the crew in navigation by placing the location of the vessel directly onto a chart of the area.
Each vessel has multiple redundant and independent communication equipment systems with backup uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) to ensure communications don’t “go down”. The crew did not “get lost, stray off course, or lose communications.” That is a lie.
To the point that one of the boats suffered a mechanical breakdown:
Before each patrol the boats are given a complete and thorough checkup. Main propulsion, electrical power generation, support systems, fuel, lube oils, and weapons are given a complete inspection and operational test. In the event a malfunction occurs, crew members, (I myself was an engineer in charge of main engines, control systems, and electrical power generation) are trained to deal with it and make the necessary repairs while underway.
The sailors were on two Riverine patrol boats when they reportedly strayed into Iranian territorial waters [Zane Ecklun/AFP]
If a catastrophic failure of a component or system were to occur, another boat (usually they travel in a group of 3-4) would simply circle around, a line would be tossed, and the affected boat would be towed. This evolution is practiced frequently. The boats are constructed for this contingency, and the necessary equipment is stored on deck right where it will be needed. This process takes less than 5 minutes to execute. They did not “drift” to Farsi Island. That is a lie.
The sailors were heading from Kuwait to Bahrain along the Saudi coast, i.e. traveling south-southeast (red). To reach Iran’s territorial waters (the dotted line, above, near the Iranian coast–the heavier dotted line in the middle of the Persian Gulf is the continental shelf), they would have had to travel–or “drift,” if disabled–east (orange) for dozens of nautical miles.
I know the metal of our men that serve. I was one of them, and I can’t state strongly enough that fact that we would’ve NEVER allowed the Iranian (or any) navy to approach our vessel close enough to be a threat, never mind allowing them to board or seize the vessel. It simply would not have happened. Our boats are more than capable of out gunning and outmaneuvering anything the Iranians had, have, or will ever obtain. Air support and other navy assets would’ve been called in, and that would have put an end to the threat, post haste. We would’ve fought to the death, by hand if necessary.
Our men would not have groveled like this if not ordered to do so
In the Navy we are under orders to scuttle (sink/destroy) the boat if necessary to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. Boat crews attend special training (S.E.R.E.) to teach them how to avoid, then how react, if taken prisoner. The men in question followed NONE of those procedures. There is no other explanation, I believe they were ordered not to.
Since our crew and their vessels were in the hands of the Iranians, the U.S. Navy must now assume that all classified information aboard those vessels, and on their persons, is now common knowledge to the Iranians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, and the Russians (anyone remember the U.S.S. Pueblo?). This information includes communications equipment including encryption technology, navigational equipment, weapons systems, propulsion and power generation systems, vessel capabilities (range and speed), etc., etc. It is a huge loss.
Perhaps worse is the fact that the crew’s personal information was compromised as well. Depending on what they were carrying or had onboard at the time, their names, ages,units,home address, personal contacts, etc. are all common knowledge. How comforting it must be that a state that openly sponsors Islamic terrorists has your personal information…
Let me say it again, having served in the same capacity as the two boat crews in question, I do not believe the story that either the U.S. or the Iranians are putting out as the official narrative. It could not, and would not have happened that way. I cannot state that strongly enough.
I think I know the reason why this skit was concocted.
I believe it has something to do with the $100 billion in assets the U.S. is scheduled to release to the Iranians this very weekend. My gut is telling me that the U.S. doesn’t want to release that money, and was (is) looking for an excuse not to. What better reason than 10 Navy sailors being held illegally!
I think the state department ordered the Navy to ask for volunteers for a “special mission”, that the boats were sanitized (all sensitive info removed) and the patrol was sent there specifically to get captured. Knowing that the Iranians wouldn’t be able to help themselves they knew the crews would be taken captive, which they were.
Pretty soon somebody up high in the Iranian regime realized they were being set up, and threw those fish back just as fast as they could. They want their money.Follow VeronicaCoffin