Soon, the US Navy and Marines will put an end to Iran's latest tanker conflict.

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During a rehearsal in the Persian Gulf, speedboats belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard move.

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guided-missile frigate of the US Navy In the Persian Gulf in October 1987, the USS Hawes commands a convoy that includes a tanker with a new flag and two US warships.

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The escalating hostilities and military buildup have drawn analogies to Operation Earnest Will, which saw US warships stationed in the Gulf from 1987 to 1988 to accompany Kuwaiti tankers that had been reflagged and targeted by Tehran throughout the second half of the Iran-Iraq War.

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Fill in somThe outcome of a naval conflict today would probably be very different. Considering that Iran has significantly altered its naval capabilities and strategies over the previous 35 years, it has become "much more asymmetric," according to Bryan Clark, a senior scholar at the Hudson Institute and expert on naval operations.

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Speedboats from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy in August at an exercise on Abu Musa Island

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Overall, Iran's naval forces have "increased quantity; higher quality; better communications; expanded organization; marginally better training; unchanged geographical advantages, except they now have more underground 

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