Advisory #: 2011-07
Date Issued: Dec 23 2011
To: ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, AND OTHER MARITIME INTERESTS
Subject: IRANIAN NAVAL EXERCISE

1. REPORTS FROM MARITIME FORCES AND COMMERICAL MARITIME INTERESTS INDICATE CONCERN WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR LOCALIZED DISRUPTION TO SHIPPING IN CONJUNCTION WITH FUTURE IRANIAN NAVAL EXERICISES.  DURING PREVIOUS EXERCISES IRANIAN MARITIME FORCES CONDUCTED BOARDINGS AND INSPECTIONS OF MERCHANT SHIPS, INCLUDING THOSE FLAGGED TO EUROPEAN NATIONS.  THE POSSIBILITY EXISTS THAT IRAN WILL ATTEMPT TO CONDUCT BOARDINGS AND INSPECTIONS DURING EXERCISES BETWEEN DECEMBER 2011 AND MARCH 2012.  THE MOST LIKELY LOCATION FOR THIS ACTIVITY WOULD BE IN THE VICINITY OF THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS CLOSER TO IRANIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS.

2. IF A US-FLAG VESSELS IS HAILED FOR BOARDING BY THE IRANIAN NAVY IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, THE SHIP'S MASTER SHOULD “PROTEST BUT COMPLY”,  IF CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANT. 

3. US-FLAG VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO REPORT INCIDENTS TO THE COMUSNAVCENT BATTLEWATCH CAPTAIN (MARITIME OPERATIONS CENTER) AT 011-973-1785-3879, AND MARLO BAHRAIN AT 011-973-3940-1395.

4. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ADVISORY, CONTACT CAPTAIN ROBERT FORD, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF SECURITY, CODE: MAR-420, ROOM W25-308, 1200 NEW JERSEY AVE, S.E., WASHINGTON, DC 20590, TELEPHONE 202-366-0223, FACSIMILE 202-366-3954, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH), OR EMAIL: MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.