The Japanese oil tanker damaged in a bomb attack July 28 in the Strait of Hormuz has left a port in the United Arab Emirates after repairs, state-run Emirates News Agency reported, citing an unidentified Coast Guard source.No question it was an attack. Check out the damage.
The M. Star, which had docked about 14 miles (22 kilometers) offshore in the anchorage area at the Port of Fujairah, was the target of a terrorist attack, the news agency, known as WAM, said today.
The damage report in full, you can download here. This about tells you what you need to know.
Looking at the external damage caused to the vessel post attack (see photographs above) it appears that this occurred mainly above the waterline, although the exact displacement of the ship at the time of the attack is not known. There is a blackening of the immediate damage area which is consistent with a chemical explosion. If there had been a collision, either with a submarine or other vessel, then scraping and gouging should be evident, including paint having been removed to reveal bare steel. Wave damage, either rogue or caused by an earthquake (tsunami), would tend to be manifested as a wall of water or several waves impacting the vessel, which would cause more severe and widespread damage over the ship’s structure.Sal's take: excellent mission planning, poor weaponeering.
The Al Qaeda leadership has previously called for attacks on oil-related targets as a sure way of affecting US and other Western economies. There have also been frequent threat statements, although these have been primarily related to the GOA. Al Qaeda, who seems the likely mentor and supporter of this attack, is the group with an established pedigree to carry out an attack of this nature, and whose doctrine would advocate any attempt to affect global economies and infrastructure through violent means.
They are a learning institution, al Qaeda.