This was in the USNI newsfeed this morning:
I am short on knowledge of the specifics of how a country like Iran can coordinate, if at all, between their ‘regular navy’ and a separate organization run by the Revolutionary Guards. Is there internal politics showing its ugly head? If so, it is a damn dangerous thing to be doing. IMO, the Navy might be constrained by rules of engagement to not shoot up IRGCN boats but I am thinking they are not so constrained. If they do go after them, does that move to a wider conflict and we get a repeat of Operation Praying Mantis?
I am going to try to find open source material on what the patrol boats have in the way of weapons, other than items like anti-armor missiles. If they are going to tackle a Burke, they will need some long range something or do a swarm kamikaze attack.
The optics in the article show an arleigh Burke class doing an escort. I am not sure this is the best ship in the Navy to do this job. This is interesting given the discussions we have had on SST about Littoral Combat Ships, gunboats, etc. This theater would be a good place to have the LCSs doing these duties, equipped with a Surface Warfare module. I would worry right now about any Navy ship being ‘swarmed’ by a substantial number of these boats but an LCS, equipped with its main gun and 30 mm anti-boat guns could be tough on the Guards. I do not know when they are scheduled to receive Hellfire missiles as an additional boat swarm weapon but they will sometime in the future.