Pen­tagon shares new timeline of Gulf of Oman tanker at­tacks

Lodi News-Sentinel - - NATION/WORLD - By Tony Ca­pac­cio

WASH­ING­TON — The Pen­tagon on Mon­day re­leased new pho­tos and a timeline that it said bol­stered U.S. ac­cu­sa­tions that Iran was be­hind a pair of at­tacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week.

The re­port pro­vides more de­tails about the at­tacks that have height­ened ten­sions between the U.S. and Iran, which has de­nied in­volve­ment in the in­ci­dents. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said last week that “Iran did it,” and U.K. of­fi­cials said it is “al­most cer­tain” that Tehran was be­hind the at­tacks.

A Navy ex­plo­sives ex­pert who briefed re­porters at the Pen­tagon said a mine placed above the wa­ter­line on the Kokuka Coura­geous was an in­di­ca­tion that the at­tack­ers in­tended to dam­age the ship but not sink it.

“Iran is re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack based on video ev­i­dence and the re­sources and pro­fi­ciency needed to quickly re­move the un­ex­ploded lim­pet mine,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing the pho­tos.

Nev­er­the­less, United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res has called for an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause “it is very im­por­tant to know the truth,” a state­ment that has won sup­port from other na­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pen­tagon timeline and pho­tos, here is how the June 13 at­tacks played out, with the time listed in Green­wich Mean Time (four hours ahead of Eastern Day­light Time):

At 3:12 a.m. the de­stroyer USS Ma­son re­ceived a call from the M/T Front Al­tair re­port­ing that it was at­tacked in the Gulf of Oman. A large fire was ob­served a few min­utes later and the de­stroyer USS Bain­bridge, 40 nau­ti­cal miles away, moved to ren­der aid.

At 4:00 a.m., the M/T Kokuka Coura­geous re­ports be­ing hit by an ex­ter­nal pro­jec­tile, tak­ing on wa­ter and con­fronting a fire in its en­gine room.

At 5:09 a.m. Iran’s Hendi­jan PGG and “mul­ti­ple fast in­shore at­tack craft ob­served within the area.”

At 5:15 a.m. the Front Al­tair con­firms ma­jor fire amid­ships.

At 6:26 a.m. an uniden­ti­fied Ira­nian pa­trol boat re­quests the M/V Hyundai Dubai hand over crew res­cued from the Front Al­tair, a re­quest the ship com­plies with.

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