While we’ve been distracted by our internal issues, Iran using GPS jamming and trickery to pretend to be US or coalition ships in the region has caused serious problems. In a warning issued Wednesday, the US Maritime Administration advised that Iran was pretending to be a US or Coalition vessel in order to seize tankers in the region.
Vessels have also reported spoofed bridge-to-bridge communications from unknown entities falsely claiming to be US or coalition warships…
Vessels have reported GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning.
The U.S. remains committed to working with allies and regional partners to safeguard the freedom of navigation, the free flow of commerce, and the protection of U.S. vessels and personnel in this regionUS Dept of Transportation Maritime Administration warning
Iran using GPS jamming and other tricks
The GPS jammers have been reportedly placed on Abu Musa Island in an effort to cause ships to mistakenly stray into Iranian waters, thereby giving the IRGC an excuse to seize them.
The Maritime Administration reported the following incidents:
– Shoot-down of U.S. Navy remotely piloted aircraft over international waters;
– Attempted at-sea interdiction of Isle of Man-flagged M/V BRITISH HERITAGE;
– Seizure of ex-Panama-flagged M/V RIAH;
– Seizure of U.K.-flagged M/V STENA IMPERO (see U.S. Maritime Alert 2019-004A); and
– Detention and subsequent release of Liberian-flagged M/V MESDAR (see U.S. Maritime Alert 2019-004A).
Mike Pompeo appeared with UK Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday to show a united front against Iran’s actions. The UK has decided to join with the United States in a coalition to form protection for vessels traveling in the Strait of Hormuz, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman. (Fox)
Israel has reportedly expressed an interest to join as well, which infuriated Iran. Tensions are running high and appear to be even higher as Iran plays its games.
Featured photo: underlying screenshot: Ariel Cohen file photo, Rouhani photo via Twitter.