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Mining The Straits of Hormuz-Is It Possible?

October 7, 2009

Yes, but unlikely to shut down the waterway. There are several types of mines.The old type which requires a collision or impact, the newer ones which can be based on acoustics or the metal in the ship’s  hull.

Mine sweeping is available by the U S and allies but the real or imagined threat of a super tanker hitting a mine is huge and the real or imagined confrontation of US forces attacking Iranian forces as they deploy these devices is huge.

It comes down to one term-Psychology. Can we deal with what we deny at all costs?

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