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A new report published last week revealed that the Navy SEALs have begun using a special class of stealthy boats to cruise around the Middle East to both conduct coastal surveillance and also quickly insert or remove special operations forces.
Dubbed “Combatant Craft Assault” boats, these assault vessels use composite hulls and high-performance diesel engines avoid being detected by enemy surveillance, according to The Drive.
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And they’re small, measuring only 41-foot long and thus being tiny enough that military transport crafts can easily drop them onto any body of water. That gives them a combat versatility that’s simply stunning.
The flexibility comes at a cost, though.
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“Side-folding panels at the rear of the boat may offer additional protection, but there are no obvious provisions for mounted weapons,” The Drive explained, adding however that “crew and passengers would undoubtedly carry individual weapons for self-protection as well.”
Still, their flexibility should far outweigh this minor negative, making the craft exceptionally useful for any potential conflict with a Middle Eastern nation such as Iran.
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“CENTCOM has seen a number of incidents with Iran, including a near-midair collision between a drone and a F/A-18E Super Hornet,” Yahoo News reported. “Iran also notably seized American sailors in December, 2015 detaining the crews of two Riverine Command Boats. The stealthy boats could prevent future...
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