WASHINGTON, The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a new advisory of threats for commercial vessels by Iran in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman such as “GPS interference,” as well as other threats.
“Heightened military activity and increased political tensions in this region continue to pose serious threats to commercial vessels,” the advisory noted.
It warned that “associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions.” It added that vessels operating in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman “may also encounter GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning.” MARAD indicated that in at least two recent incidents, “vessels reported GPS interference. One vessel reportedly shut off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) before it was seized, complicating response efforts.
Vessels have also reported spoofed bridge-to-bridge communications from unknown entities falsely claiming to be US or coalition warships.” “The United States is committed to safeguarding freedom of navigation, the free flow of commerce, and the protection of US vessels and personnel in this region,” it stressed.
It affirmed that “the international community, including the United States, continues maritime security operations within this region.” Meanwhile, a US defense official told CNN that “Iran has placed GPS jammers” on Abu Musa Island, which lies close to the Strait of Hormuz but that the “Iranian jammers have no effect on US military warships and aircraft.
Source: Kuwait News Agency