Military Capabilities

Surface Navy 2020: Geography and Iranian accuracy put USN surface fleet at greater risk

14 January 2020

The relatively close maritime quarters of the Gulf and the accuracy of the Iranian weapons, particularly ballistic missiles, put US Navy (USN) large surface combatants operating in the region in greater jeopardy, according to Bryan Clark, military analyst and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington, DC.

“They’re really vulnerable,” Clark told Jane’s . “The difficulty is that you have such a confined water space. The Iranians can range the entire Gulf with their missiles.

“They can range the entire coastline,” said Clark, who before joining the CSBA was special assistant to former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Jonathan Greenert, and the director of the CNO’s Commander’s Action Group, where he led development of navy strategy and implemented new initiatives in electromagnetic spectrum operations, undersea warfare, expeditionary operations, and personnel and readiness management.

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