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Edward L. Hsiao
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The Iranian Navy is planning to use stealth attack speedboats against our U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf soon. Less known today are the terrorist faction groups that actually use small suicide speedboats pack with high explosives. The terrorists has explosive cars,trucks,animals,guided attack explosive drones,humans with explosive vests whatsoever. Explosive boats are definitely a threat to oil tankers today.
I remember last year a navy frigate of Saudi Arabia was rammed by a suicide speedboat which damaged the ship and killed a few sailors. A suicide speedboat sunk a patrol boat of the Sir Lanka navy a couple of years back.
By the way the terrorists may have attack suicide sea divers as well. Who knows? Sources are from news reports on the internet and Wikipedia.
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Where ever there are confined waters then boats can be a threat, not just speedboats, whether it is the Straits of Hormuz, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait or a harbour/anchorage. The lack of sea room will always present problems and asymmetric warfare is a very real threat. Don't forget USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000.
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The Italians damaged two British battleships with "manned torpedoes" during WWII. The submersibles dropped charges under the ships and the men slide away to a safe distance before the charges detonated.