Screen Grab From video showing Iranian speed boats during a March 2016 ceremony. (ISNA)

June 14, 2019

The U.S. Central Command released a video allegedly showing an Iranian boat at side of one of the tankers that was struck in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday June 13. What are the key indicators that this is really an Iranian boat?

The type of boat shown in the video has similar features to a boat that ­­­was displayed in a ceremony on March 2016 where Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the commander of IRGC Navy was present.​ The Press TV article from 2016 covers Iran’s ambition to build a “fast battle ships cruising at 80 knots p/h”.

Several shapes and features of the boat displayed at this ceremony are similar to the features on the boat in the CENTCOM video.

Screen Grab From video showing Iranian speed boats during a March 2016 ceremony
Screen Grab From video showing Iranian speed boats during a March 2016 ceremony
  • The bow has a distinct chevron pattern on the bow in a 2016 photo. In the CENTCOM video a similar pattern can be seen on the boat.
  • Screen grab from CENTCOM video published as evidence of Iranian involvement in the tanker attack on June 13 2019
    Screen grab from CENTCOM video published as evidence of Iranian involvement in the tanker attack on June 13 2019
  • The cage around the bridge of the boat has the same shape in both the Press TV and CENTCOM video
Screen grab from CENTCOM video published as evidence of Iranian involvement in the tanker attack on June 13 2019
Screen grab from CENTCOM video published as evidence of Iranian involvement in the tanker attack on June 13 2019
  • Both boats show a similar shape in the front part of the hull under the spray rail.
  • Screen grab from CENTCOM video published as evidence of Iranian involvement in the tanker attack on June 13 2019
    Screen grab from CENTCOM video published as evidence of Iranian involvement in the tanker attack on June 13 2019

    Screen Grab From video showing Iranian speed boats during a March 2016 ceremony
    Screen Grab From video showing Iranian speed boats during a March 2016 ceremony

Screen grab from CENTCOM video published as evidence of Iranian involvement in the tanker attack on June 13 2019
Screen grab from CENTCOM video published as evidence of Iranian involvement in the tanker attack on June 13 2019

The boat shown in the Press TV article has two Soviet made ZU 23 anti-aircraft twin-barreled cannons, with one mounted on the stern and one on the bow. The boat in the CENTCOM video does not have these weapons on board.

According to the CENTCOM the video shows the crew of the boat ” removing the unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous.​”

Iran has denied any responsibility for the attack.

RFE/RL

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