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  • 4 ships in Gulf of Oman out of control

    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 years long 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.



    https://www.timesofisrael.com/4-ship...ike-on-vessel/


    Something weird going on here.......


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  • #2
    interesting
    The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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    • #3
      Iran is probably behind it. They seem to think they own the whole area.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sparko View Post
        Iran is probably behind it. They seem to think they own the whole area.
        Time for Israel to give them another knucklebump.

        (Not that they ever did before, and if they did, they wouldn't admit it, and I don't know of any such thing every having happenimg, and the US will have to scold them for doing what we don't know that they did, even though we approved of it prior to whatever action they took or did not take, but subsequently denied)
        The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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        • #5


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

            Time for Israel to give them another knucklebump.

            (Not that they ever did before, and if they did, they wouldn't admit it, and I don't know of any such thing every having happenimg, and the US will have to scold them for doing what we don't know that they did, even though we approved of it prior to whatever action they took or did not take, but subsequently denied)
            Ah - just the usual process of international diplomacy then.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by tabibito View Post

              Ah - just the usual process of international diplomacy then.
              EGGzackly!
              The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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              • #8
                Just now got news feed - Iran denies the hijackings. A couple of minutes ago, there was a feed that said it looked like hijackings.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tabibito View Post
                  Just now got news feed - Iran denies the hijackings. A couple of minutes ago, there was a feed that said it looked like hijackings.
                  Well, hey, if Iran says it, we need to start looking elsewhere! After all, would they lie?
                  The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                    Well, hey, if Iran says it, we need to start looking elsewhere! After all, would they lie?
                    Certainly not. It's not hijacking, just a slight problem with testing some of their self defence hacking software. Control will be returned to the ships as soon as the problem is fixed.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tabibito View Post

                      Certainly not. It's not hijacking, just a slight problem with testing some of their self defence hacking software. Control will be returned to the ships as soon as the problem is fixed.
                      Yeah not actually a hijacking but rather a hacking, which is still serious enough.

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                      • #12
                        I think the European and American country armed forces were getting bored and are looking for an excuse to send ships and troops out for some action.

                        We had the US Navy ship that crashed into a transport ship several years ago. So another option is that Chinese electronics are making ships vulnerable to hacking by the Chinese.

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                        • #13
                          Source: https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-70fc4b24d0071820562033a07bb9060f

                          FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The hijackers who captured a vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman departed the targeted ship on Wednesday, the British navy reported, as recorded radio traffic appeared to reveal a crew member onboard saying Iranian gunmen had stormed the asphalt tanker.

                          The incident — described by the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations the night before as a “potential hijack” — revived fears of an escalation in Mideast waters and ended with as much mystery as it began.

                          Hints of what unfolded on the Panama-flagged asphalt tanker, called Asphalt Princess, began to emerge with the maritime radio recording, obtained by commodities pricing firm Argus Media and shared with The Associated Press. In the audio, a crew member can be heard telling the Emirati coast guard that five or six armed Iranians had boarded the tanker.

                          “Iranian people are onboard with ammunition,” the crew member says. “We are … now, drifting. We cannot tell you exact our ETA to (get to) Sohar,” the port in Oman listed on the vessel’s tracker as its destination. It was not clear whether the crew members, whom he identified as Indian and Indonesian, were in immediate danger.

                          No one took responsibility for the brief seizure, which underscored mounting tensions as Iran and the United States seek a resolution to their standoff over Tehran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

                          Apparently responding to the incident, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Tuesday denied that Iran played any role. He described the recent maritime attacks in the Persian Gulf as “completely suspicious.”

                          Over the past years, the rising tensions have played out in the waters of the Persian Gulf, where just last week a drone attack on an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire off the coast of Oman killed two crew members. The West blamed Iran for the raid, which marked the first known fatal assault in the yearslong shadow war targeting vessels in Mideast waters. Iran denied involvement.

                          Late on Tuesday, the intruders boarded the Asphalt Princess sailing off the coast of Fujairah, authorities said. The official news agency of Oman’s military said it received reports that the Asphalt Princess had been hijacked and immediately dispatched Royal Air Force maritime patrol aircraft and naval vessels “to contribute to securing international waters.”

                          In the recorded radio traffic, when the Emirati coast guard asks the crew member what the Iranian gunmen were doing onboard, he says he “cannot understand the (Iranians),” his voice muffled, before trying to hand over the radio to someone else. The call then cuts off.

                          Possible signs of trouble began to emerge that evening when six oil tankers off the coast of Fujairah 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.

                          Satellite-tracking data for the Asphalt Princess had showed it gradually heading toward Iranian waters off the port of Jask early Wednesday, according to MarineTraffic.com. Hours later, however, it stopped and changed course toward Oman, just before the British navy group declared the hijackers had departed and the vessel was now “safe.”

                          In an analysis, maritime intelligence firm Dryad Global described the seizure of the Asphalt Princess as the latest Iranian response to outside pressures, economic conflicts and other grievances.

                          “Iran has consistently shown that in conducting this kind of operation, it is calculated in doing so, both by targeting vessels directly connected with ongoing disputes and (vessels) operating within the ‘grey space’ of legitimacy,” which may be involved in illicit trade, Dryad Global said.

                          The owner of the Asphalt Princess, listed as Emirati free zone-based Glory International, could not immediately be reached for comment.

                          The U.S. military’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet and the British Defense Ministry also did not respond to requests for comment. The Emirati government did not immediately acknowledge the incident.

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                          • #14
                            Anything about the other 3 ships?


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mossrose View Post
                              Anything about the other 3 ships?
                              Skimming through reports, it seems that 6 ships in total may have been affected, but only one was actually targetted.
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