4 ships in Gulf of Oman lose control, days after vessel attacked by drones

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4 ships in Gulf of Oman lose control, days after vessel attacked by drones​

Iranian-backed forces believed to have seized tanker; British military calls it a ‘potential hijack’; vessels call in for help​


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — At least four ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates broadcast warnings Tuesday that they had lost control of their steering under unclear circumstances as British authorities reported “a potential hijack” was underway in the area.

It wasn’t immediately clear what was happening off the coast of Fujairah in the Gulf of Oman. According to the Reuters news agency, which quoted two security maritime sources, Iranian-backed forces are believed to have seized one of the tankers.

The vessels — oil tankers called Queen Ematha, the Golden Brilliant, Jag Pooja and Abyss — announced around the same time via their Automatic Identification System trackers that they were “not under command,” according to MarineTraffic.com. That typically means a vessel has lost power and can no longer steer.

The British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations initially only warned ships that “an incident is currently underway.” Hours later, they said the incident was a “potential hijack.” They did not elaborate.

An Oman Royal Air Force Airbus C-295MPA, a maritime patrol aircraft, was flying over the area where the ships were, according to data from FlightRadar24.com.

The US military’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet and the British Defense Ministry did not immediately return calls for comment. The Emirati government did not immediately acknowledge the incident.

The event comes just days after a drone struck an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire off the coast of Oman, killing two crew members. The West blamed Iran for the attack, which marked the first known assault to have killed civilians in the yearslong shadow war targeting commercial vessels in the region.

Iran denied playing any role in the incident, though Tehran and its allied militias have used similar “suicide” drones in attacks previously.

Israel, the United States and United Kingdom vowed a “collective response” to the attack, without elaborating.



Fox News is reporting similar but saying 2 ships:
 

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Israel, the United States and United Kingdom vowed a “collective response” to the attack, without elaborating.



Fox News is reporting similar but saying 2 ships:

Translation: Israel will respond, the UK will be vocal in their support, and the U.S. will remain silent.
 

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"Iranian-backed forces". "Believed". Of course, "Iranian-backed". Any idea of how much BS is committed around the world by "U.S.-backed forces"? Interesting that "Iranian-backed" is equal to "Iran", but "U.S.-backed" isn't really us. Propaganda, folks.
We've already gotten our asses kicked by the Taliban, why not "circle back" to Iran, and see if we can lose thousands more lives, billions more dollars, and what's left of our declining empire making the Middle East safe for Israeli expansion? The Military Industrial Complex needs a new hustle.
 

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simple solution, have mechanical steering and throttle control. It’s far more difficult to take over remotely.
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