I wonder why we haven't seen more coverage of this story in the mainstream media?
At least five officers of the Pakistan Navy received death sentences in a secret military trial for allegedly trying to hijack a Pakistan Navy vessel to attack a U.S. Navy refueling ship, Daily Pakistan reports.
The officers were convicted of planning and orchestrating the September 6, 2014, attack on the Karachi Naval Dockyard located at Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coast. The attack was thwarted by Pakistani military personnel with purportedly two attackers killed and four arrested alive (some sources cite 10 killed, including four rogue naval officers).
The attackers allegedly attempted to hijack the F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate Zulfiqar, the lead ship of its class, with the intention of using the ship’s missiles to attack a U.S. Navy refuel vessel in the Arabian Sea (other sources claim that the target was a U.S. aircraft carrier).
There's more at the link.
The Chinese-built frigate is armed with eight C-802 anti-ship missiles, among other weapons - the same missile used by Hezbollah to attack the Israeli corvette Hanit in 2006. Eight C-802's probably wouldn't sink a 100,000-ton aircraft carrier, but they'd almost certainly cause enough damage to put it out of action for a long time. If they were targeted on a replenishment tanker, they might well sink it, particularly if its cargo of oil fuel and other supplies (possibly including munitions) was ignited.
I'm not sure that we've heard the whole story about this attempt. Five officers, most of them junior, would not have been able to take over and operate a modern frigate without assistance. What about the rest of the crew? Did the conspirators have an entire jihadist crew trained and ready to take over? If so, what happened to them? If not, how did they propose to succeed? The unanswered questions are, if possible, even more interesting - and alarming - than the guilty verdict.
I wonder whether we'll ever find out the whole truth of this affair? I suspect the powers that be would really rather we didn't, on the basis that what we don't know can't be used against them . . .