Sunday, July 5, 2020

US Forces Destroy Practice Target in Persian Gulf

Shots Fired…

U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia Commons

In a clear warning to Iran, a US Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) AC-130W Stinger II aerial gunship, in tandem with a Navy Poseidon-8A surveillance plane and Cyclone class coastal patrol ship, conducted joint, integrated live-fire drills near the Straits of Hormuz last week.

As the Navy Times reported, the exercise was designed to see how well a surface patrol ship and a long-range reconnaissance plane could work together in a convoy scenario, to select targets in contested waters in the Persian Gulf for a SOCCENT gunship to pulverize. And as the footage shows, they did so effectively.

This was the first exercise of its kind in the Persian Gulf combining the patrol coastal fleet with a Poseidon and AC-130W Stinger II.

Paul Crespo
Paul Crespo
Paul Crespo is a defense and national security expert. He served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. He holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. Paul is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and a Contributor to American Defense News.


  1. Why won’t Iran use drones instead of their live ships and things b/c we can expect them to come on anyway no matter what we do.


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