Iran 'unable to take Australians'

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  1. carpro

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6228342.stm


    Iran 'unable to take Australians'
    By Frank Gardner
    BBC News security correspondent

    EXCERPT

    The incident took place before Iran successfully seized 15 British sailors and Marines in March.

    The lessons from the earlier attempt do not appear to have been applied in time by British maritime patrols.

    The 15 Britons were searching a cargo boat in the Gulf when they were captured over a boundary dispute.

    'Having none of it'

    When Iranian Revolutionary Guards captured the British sailors and Royal Marines in March, it was not exactly their first attempt.

    It turns out that Iranian forces made an earlier concerted attempt to seize a boarding party from the Royal Australian Navy.

    The Australians, though, to quote one military source, "were having none of it".

    The BBC has been told the Australians re-boarded the vessel they had just searched, aimed their machine guns at the approaching Iranians and warned them to back off, using what was said to be "highly colourful language".

    The Iranians withdrew, and the Australians were reportedly lifted off the ship by one of their own helicopters.
     
  2. Hope of Glory

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    I visited and Aussie sub as part of an exchange program. They don't mess around.

    When I stood watch on my ship, I had a .45 strapped down on one side, with the magazines strapped down on the other. If some enemy were to try to board the ship, I would have to ask him to wait whilst I managed to put it all together.

    The Aussies, OTOH, had locked and loaded machine guns, and I was warned, when they said "halt", I'd better halt until I was told to advance.

    I heard the French Navy had an accident the other day, though. It seems that one of their sailors fell overboard. He managed to swim 7 miles to shore where a bunch of British soldiers were training. He promptly surrendered. (This is actually a true story, except for the last sentence. But, it's unrelated. It just amused me.)
     
  3. Bob Farnaby

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    In our local press it was stated that the Iranians were repelled by machine guns and "colourful" language ... maybe the devout muslims from Iran were just that shocked by the language that they couldn't continue ....

    Anyway, it serves as a reminder to all that it's not just US and British troops that are involved in both Iraq and Afghanistan, others from different nations are there sharing the same dangers.

    Pray for them all.

    Regards
    Bob
     
  4. LadyEagle

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    The Aussies weren't being politically correct. :laugh:
     

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