The naval forces of the United States in the near future, will considerably increase its military presence in the Persian Gulf
Admiral Jonathan Grinert , stationed in the Gulf of Fifth Fleet would be reinforced by four mine-trawlers, the same number of helicopters, CH-53 Sea Stallion, capable of detecting mines, as well as robots, able to defuse mines underwater. In addition, the Persian Gulf will be sent to fast patrol boats, armed with heavy machine guns, Mark 38. According to the admiral, these ships are able to effectively repel the attacks of the small size of the enemy speedboats. The same guns may be installed on large ships, in particular - on aircraft carriers.
Earlier, the U.S. Navy announced that the Iranian Navy, having just such a large number - small - boats, have the potential to successfully attack large American ships due to its speed, maneuverability and multiplicity. It is expected that additional forces of the U.S. Navy will be alert in the area of the Strait of Hormuz - the narrow exit from the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea. Through this strait to the markets available to 25 percent of all oil produced in the world. Earlier, Iran has repeatedly declared that it will block the Strait if it will be applied against the force. U.S. promised not to allow the overlap of the artery, even if it means using military force.
Source : The Los Angeles Times.