Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Exercise Sandstone

USS Miami on Display in Port Everglades

US Navy and UK Royal Navy announced their nuclear attack submarines had staged an anti-submarine warfare exercise in early October in the Arabian Sea dubbed Exercise “Sandstone.” Jane’s Defence Weekly, the authoritative military news digest, reported from London yesterday that USS Miami and HMS Talent practiced detecting, tracking and engaging Iranian submarines for six days close to Iran’s southeastern Persian Gulf coast.

Iranian Navy operates three Kilo-class diesel-powered submarines from their home port of Bandar Abbas, near the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. Jane’s report indicates that the US/UK joint exercise was to discourage Iran from putting its submarines to sea to threaten coalition naval forces in the area.

Royal Navy sources told Jane’s that HMS Talent has since returned to UK but has been replaced by another British submarine.

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