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Maritime Image of the Day: “Warships transiting Strait of Hormuz”

PortandTerminal.com, December 28, 2019

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Today’s “Maritime Image of the Day” is a satellite photo showing what the US Navy confirms were “multiple small Iranian boats” running alongside the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and other ships from her strike group.

USS Abraham Lincoln in foreground with escort vessel in background (File photo)

The image, which was taken by the private satellite imagery firm Planet Labs, shows 18 small Iranian boats in close proximity to the Lincoln and her escorts as they transited the Strait of Hormuz earlier this month. Some of the Iranian boats appear to be very close to the US Navy ships, approximately 1,000 feet in some cases.

Satellite image showing the wake of numerous ships below a hazy sky
The original, unedited image taken by the Planet Labs satellite

The large number of Iranian boats that were present as Abraham Lincoln transited the Strait of Hormuz is particularly notable given that, in recent years, the Iranians have all but abandoned the long-standing practice of actively harassing American ships in the region with small boats in favor of doing so with drones and, to a lesser extent, with manned aircraft and helicopters. 

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