When a modern torpedo strikes a ship the effect is dramatic. You can actually see the entire steel deck whiplash in slow motion. The entire ship is thrown about, lifted out of the water by several feet. She will sink very quickly and if you are standing anywhere close to that explosion, your ankles and knees may be broken from the force. There are many videos available on YouTube to witness the effect of a torpedo explosion – therefore, whatever hit one of the tankers in the Gulf of Oman yesterday was not a torpedo warhead consisting of a couple of hundred pounds of military-grade high explosives. When that explosion takes place under the keel of the ship it is the end. A vacuum will be formed as well as the bubble jet, the ship will simply break apart. This is what the so-called magnetic detonator in acoustic sea mines and torpedoes tries to do, explode under the target’s keel. It is also known as the ‘shock effect’ in some circles. Here the explosion is as deadly as it gets, depending on distance and energy released, obviously. It is the best way to sink a ship by far, she has no chance. The shock effect is able to throw engines weighing hundreds of tons across the engine room. It will break the keel and split her like an overripe banana, the life rafts will deploy automatically as she goes down but for those inside the ship, probably of no importance. They will be dead. The owners of the vessels say themselves that they struck no sea mines. Right, so what happened there?
From a technical viewpoint all what remains are limpet mines designed to sink ships. I wrote extensively in Code Name Green 41 on how to do so as well as in Code Name Ghost, the submarine book, about the effects of explosive devices under the water. We also know that the Rhodesian SAS perfected a method of increasing underwater explosive effects dramatically – the nature of which I do not reveal for obvious reasons in any book. What I can tell you is that no limpet mine is ever placed above the waterline because it has very little effect there. The purpose is to create enough damage below the waterline so that the ship floods and sinks. It is also virtually impossible for an attack diver to place a limpet mine about eight feet above the waterline. Only your head sticks out of the water, how far can you reach unless you have some apparatus with you to reach up? The problem then is to arm that limpet mine and the clanging sound it makes when the magnets slam the holder/harness home onto the steel besides the fact that it can be seen and removed. Once removed, we look at the device as we would at a crime scene for DNA, fingerprints, manufacturing date, origin, etc. and trace it all the way back to the factory and then out to where it was last supposed to be. Even where an explosion does occur there is always enough residue left to know the type of explosives and at times, especially with homemade IEDs, the bombmaker’s method will show us who is behind it. Really, it is not difficult. In fact, terrorism investigations are the easiest of them all (but way more complicated than what I just explained, you also look at financial links and whatever else is available – see Code Name OST-M where I describe the basics). It is also impossible to plant a limpet mine on a moving ship. It cannot be done by an attack diver. If he is in a canoe or kayak or another small vessel then yes, possibly above the waterline, very hard underneath the waterline unless the ship is moving dead slow. Therefore, whatever was planted could only have been done whilst the ships were at anchor. The timers on limpet mines can be weeks ahead but remember, the longer you set the timer, the better the chance of the mine discovered and defused. It will not fall off, that is virtually impossible, the magnets are really strong and where attached properly, the mine will stay there for the duration. You cannot just grab it and remove it as the US Navy video show to the world as “evidence” of Iranian involvement indicates. It is not technically possible. Besides, that video which is now used as THE EVIDENCE is of no evidential value whatsoever. Even if a mine was removed, and I saw nothing conclusive, who is to say that the Iranians planted it? Closer to home, the new GMJ Books I am currently writing, Code Name July 27, describes Operation Nobilis, a 1984 operation where South African Army Special Forces members sank and damaged several ships right inside Luanda Harbor. They were carrying Soviet arms and equipment. We also know that Green Peace attacked with limpet mines many Portugal based whalers (Code Name Wrangler) and that the French spy agency sank a Green Peace vessel in New Zealand. The use of limpet mines is not new. There is no evidence yet on who is responsible for the tanker attacks but if you ask me, seen in the light of the events of the last few months, I would certainly look at John Bolton and Mike Pompeo and false flag operations.