It’s always interesting to me, watching for the Signposts in the Middle East, as to how they might unfold; how Bible prophecy will be fulfilled. For example, when the Persian ram runs south, might there be amphibious landings in addition to the troop movements down highways?
This Reuters story adds to the interest. It reports yet another massive naval exercise, including marines on Iranian shores just across the Strait of Hormuz from the United Arab Emirates. This exercise is called “Velayat 95” and it occurred in the last week of February.
The Iranian news agency Tasnim reports, “Iranian Navy commando units are carrying out special operations in the Makran region located in the southeast of the country, along the coasts of the Gulf of Oman.” It also says the exercise is for purely defensive purposes. Right – and America uses its own Marines for purely defensive purposes too. The halls of Montezuma and the shores of Tripoli were all defensive. I don’t think so.
Tasnim’s commando units are marines. Marines are typically used for amphibious landings. What might the Iranians use to carry their marines? At Kharg Island in the northern part of the Persian Gulf the IRGC has a base with hovercraft.
How might these hovercraft be used during the Second Signpost?
Since they carry 60 soldiers each, have a range of only 170 miles, and there are only a dozen or two in total, the IRGC could only hope to deliver maybe a few companies of troops and also a few tanks with its tank ships. Perhaps they might be used to establish a beachhead on Bahrain or perhaps on the southern shore of the Strait of Hormuz.
Though Iran’s amphibious forces are rather small, I believe we will see here yet another dimension to the coming war to be started by Iran.