June 14, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Unexploded Limpet Mine Removed from M/T Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman
U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time from the motor tanker (M/T) Altair and a second one at 7a.m. local time from the M/T Kokuka Courageous.
Both vessels were in international waters in the Gulf of Oman approximately 10 nautical miles apart at the time of the distress calls. USS Bainbridge was approximately 40 nautical miles away from the M/T Altair at the time of the attack, and immediately began closing the distance.
At 8:09 a.m. local time a U.S. aircraft observed an IRGC Hendijan class patrol boat and multiple IRGC fast attack craft/fast inshore attack craft (FAC/FIAC) in the vicinity of the M/T Altair.
At 9:12 a.m. local time a U.S. aircraft observes the FAC/FIAC pull a raft from the M/T Altair from the water.
At 9:26 a.m. local time the Iranians requested that the motor vessel Hyundai Dubai, which had rescued the sailors from the M/T Altair, to turn the crew over to the Iranian FIACs. The motor vessel Hyundai Dubai complied with the request and transferred the crew of the M/T Altair to the Iranian FIACs.
At 11:05 a.m. local time USS Bainbridge approaches the Dutch tug Coastal Ace, which had rescued the crew of twenty-one sailors from the M/T Kokuka Courageous who had abandoned their ship after discovering a probable
unexploded limpet mine on their hull following an initial explosion.
While the Hendijan patrol boat appeared to attempt to get to the tug Coastal Ace before USS Bainbridge, the mariners were rescued by USS Bainbridge at the request of the master of the M/T Kokuka Courageous. The rescued sailors are currently aboard USS Bainbridge.
At 4:10 p.m. local time an IRGC Gashti Class patrol boat approached the M/T Kokuka Courageous and was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous (video attached).
The U.S. military has released an aerial video that shows an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps #IRGC patrol boat removing a magnetic mine from the hull of the Kokuka Courageous after it apparently failed to explode.#Iran #Oman #USSBainbridge pic.twitter.com/VRXJDfu1W2
— @real FREEDOM♥️💙WINS #The200🌐 (@ChooseToBFree) June 14, 2019
The U.S. and our partners in the region will take all necessary measures to defend ourselves and our interests. Today’s attacks are a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.
The U.S. and the international community, stand ready to defend our interests, including the freedom of navigation.
The boat described in the video is one of the boats used by Iran's Revolutionary Guard as well as magnetic mines. pic.twitter.com/CdblErXltD
— 𝓐𝓑𝓓 (@roohalrooh312) June 14, 2019
The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East. However, we will defend our interests.
U.S. Central Command Statement on June 13 Limpet Mine Attack in the Gulf of Oman, attributable to Capt. Bill Urban, Lead Spokesman for U.S. Central Command.
Why would Iranians remove an unexploded magnetic mine off a ship if they hadn't placed the mines? Was it out of the goodness of their hearts? And the left was so quick to jump up yesterday and defend Iran. https://t.co/HExg6VNyVT
— Michael Del Sesto (@MichaelDelSesto) June 14, 2019
credit: In part with https://www.dvidshub.net//video/689676/unexploded-limpet-mine-removed-m-t-kokuka-courageous-gulf-oman