As for the highly vaunted radars and highly skilled crews operating them, it seems that neither the radars or their operators can tell the difference between a fighter and and an Iranian airliner
This is what you posted that got in my crow.
You notice I didn't say or have ever taunted the radar. Matter of fact the 1st gen SPY could not tell a difference between the two (airbus and f-14), which they corrected and updated latter. You have not seen me support Capt. Rodgers on his actions. I know about the other ship which called them and told them they had the hostile id'd as an assumed friendly. I understand how all this info is exchanged and displayed which you obviously do not but you sure are posting like you do and I sure don't need to be told about IFF and where it can be found and displayed. Heck I even had to load my own Mode 4 sometimes. I didn't have to read the link. I was in the gulf and we get things called TAC MEMOS which is a lot more useful reading then some government report. Was the mode 4 mentioned in the report you posted? Most likely not, at that time we only gave it to two other nations and none should have been flying over IRAN.
The picture you showed is of the TDS or Tactical Data Screen. No radar input is displayed on those screens, only symbols. I will not be able to provide you a picture and you will not be able to provide me a picture because none exist as I know of. (Raw video of a SPY1 1st gen. on a radar repeater. )
I agree with you and all the others something went wrong. Even that close to land most USN ships will maneuver to maintain a 2NM CPA. You are coming across like the SPY radar didn't pick it up. It may not have, heck it may not have even been on that close to land if they were pulling into port. Things may have changed which I'm sure they have in the last 15 years, damn how time flies, but the SPS-67 radar is used to track surface tracks and to give the rng/brg to the moboard plotters. I'm willing to beat you anything the other ship was being tracked. How they hit.... I have no clue.
You are not going to hear me standup for the USN on anything, it's men and women I will though. I did 20 years and saw a bunch of stuff that I didn't agree with but it was for the best of the nation or USN. I do not live in the dream world thinking everything is perfect or should be because I know it can not be.
And for the LOVE OF GOD will you folks stop talking about the SONAR as a passive weapon used to track surface ships. That happens only in the movies guys, could it pick up a ship that close? Sure but like many have stated I'm sure it was seen by one of the lookouts and was being tracked on radar before SONAR picked it up. If you are hoping to find something on the ships sonar you are already sunk my friend. Using the 60R and transmitting it's buoy info to the sonar suite well... That's a different story.
I never post anything to c-captain when he is bashing the NAVEEEE but he never attacked the enlisted folks either. He may have bashed some ADM. which is fine because they are more politicians than sailors IMO. I sure liked TK Shannon though.
Steamer, I have always liked your posts and agreed with most and find them very useful. I just felt like you were belittling these USN sailors who do a completely different job than merchant sailors. If this was not your intent then I am sorry.
Folks keep talking about how many folks are on the bridge when a USN ship pulls into or out of port , Think tactical folks. They are training to pull into and out of port in the worst conditions if they need to. No fog or downpour will stop them from getting underway and they have to be trained on radar navigation and visual navigation incase they pull out under EMCON. GPS you say, well if we are fighting any foe with the capability they will take out the GPS to pretty much disable the Tomahawks.
Don't forget about flight 800. That has USN stink all over it.
I'll let this rest and just let the folks babble on about the USN and all its equipment and how useless it is in the hands of it's incompetent sailors. When in short it can be summed up as people just make mistakes.