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Originally posted by rich23
The first is that apparently, during the Falklands war, after the Sheffield got hit so badly by an Exocet, Thatcher went to Mitterrand and harangued him until he got the manufacturers of the Exocet to send the Royal Navy the disarm codes for the missiles. I loathed Thatcher for what she did to the country, but for that action I have to grudgingly give her some respect, especially when you consider that it must have been something of a blow for the manufacturers. Imagine their sales reps at an arms fair, saying how effective they are, and then a potential customer coming back with "Yeah, right, as long as no-one gives the disarm codes away! I think I'll be going with a government that can keep a secret, thanks!"
Originally posted by DeusEx
I'm thinking more along the lines of fireboats, if you know what those are. Suicide ships or something ridiculous like that. Don't pass it off, look at the Cole.
Originally posted by Mdv2
It might be very powerful, but would it be possible to prevent it from getting destroyed by air raids? I've seen pictures of Iranian stealth planes, but I am sure there are other people on here knowing better what the chance is such a ship would be destroyed, which would be a major psychological victory for Iran (a la Pearl Harbor).
Originally posted by bg_socalif
I think there's a bigger chance of the Iranians visiting the Iowa as a museum piece than anything else
It was struck from the National Vessel Registry back in March, although it is still considered a "mobilization asset". Personally i think it's future going to be as a museum on the San Joaquin river in Stockton Ca, vice patrolling the Persian Gulf.
The Canadians forces have historically and amply demonstrated thier backbone and I salute them. More like your politicians of which I am speaking.
Originally posted by stumason
You know, I hear this alot on ATS, but I never find any evidence of this actually happening. What I don't understand is a missile, designed in the 70's, has the ability to recieve a "disarm code" in flight. Please, fill me in.....