Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Naval

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Lord Nelson and amateur tacticians*

* Moderator’s Note: This post appeared originally in the Letters to the Editor section of The Washington Times on 30 March 2007. It is no longer available on-line. A large part of Canadian naval history is traced back to that of the Royal Navy. The history of that organization is […]

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The final consequences of failure.

A report in The Australian published on 8 December describes ‘a purge’ of the Royal Navy’s senior leadership over the embarrassment caused by the ‘fiasco’ when 15 sailors and marines were captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on 23 March 2008. Defence writer Michael Smith described the event and its […]

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Strait of Hormuz Incident: The recent U.S.-Iranian run-in at sea

On reading reports and scanning the video of the recent U.S. Navy – Iranian Revolutionary Guard incident in the Straits of Hormuz I was struck by how restrained the American forces were and how rash the Iranian. The Revolutionary Guards broadcast their hostile intent on the radio, manoeuvered to deploy […]

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Three Cheers For Diplomacy

Controversy has broken out in the media, particularly in the U.K. and the U.S., over the behaviour, while captive, of the British naval personnel who were recently seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and subsequently detained by Iran’s governing authorities. Their effusive expressions of thanks to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad […]

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The consequences of swarming tactics

Andrew Scutro’s recent article from Navy Times indicates that the USN is conducting a thorough review of their boarding procedures after Iran’s recent employment of swarming tactics off the Al Faw Penisula. It also reports the Royal Navy will also conduct “a full review” of the incident. A USN spokesperson […]

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Swarming Tactics

Today’s Navy Times (28 March) has an article that reports ‘swarming tactics’ were used by Iranian forces when they captured fifteen Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel on Friday. Their use of this tactic should come as no surprise, and yet that appears to have been exactly the case. In […]

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