US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

Apr 27, 2017, 02:10
US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

"Coming inbound at a high rate of speed like that and manning weapons, despite clear warnings from the ship, is obviously provocative behavior", a US official told Fox News.

As a result Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels regularly follow U.S. Navy ships in the area, occasionally firing missiles or rockets nearby.

The USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, had an Iranian vessel racing close to it up to a distance of 1000 meters.

The Mahan attempted bridge-to-bridge communication with the Iranians but got no response. The vessel later turned and sailed away.

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A vessel belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards approached the U.S. missile destroyer USS Mahan at high speed with its weapons manned in the Persian Gulf, Fox News reported. The incident is the most recent evidence of escalating hostilities between America and Iran.

The USS Mahan had a similar clash with the Iranian navy in January.

But he said despite the provocations, the Mahan did not fire any warning shots. The Iranian military boats would not alter their course even after multiple radio calls, flares, and smoke bombs were used to deter it from continuing its approach, according to a Reuters report.

A third of all oil vessels pass through the strait of Hormuz, the narrow strategic link between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf.

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It isn't the first time the U.S. and Iranian navies have seen a tense standoff in the Persian Gulf.

Since the nuclear deal with world powers, the hard-line Revolutionary Guard has stepped up its encounters with the Americans.

This latest incident is among a growing list of Iranian provocations against USA forces, mostly maritime, in the region. So far in 2017, a total of seven such unsafe encounters have occurred.

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