Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that “Navy officials acknowledged that they were moving with unusual haste to complete the conversion” of “an aging warship” the Navy “had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos” so it could send the ship to the Persian Gulf by early this summer. The converted warship would serve as a floating base that “could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs.”
More importantly, a Navy spokesman suggested that the “mothership” would support mine-clearance ships. Such ships would be a necessity in any operation against Iran, particularly if Iran mined the Strait of Hormuz. In 1987, the Iranians did just that. Furthermore, U.S. Navy Seals, Marines, and Army personnel operated from similar floating platforms in the Gulf to contain Iranian aggression against civilian vessels carrying crude oil.
The anticipated timing of the warship’s delivery to the region suggests that the Obama administration is planning for something as early as this summer. In the meantime, expect the Iranians to continue their diplomatic dance that has successfully confounded the Western world since at least 2003.