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Iranian vessel in "unsafe" encounter with US warships

Iranian vessel in "unsafe" encounter with US warships
An Iranian warship had shined a spotlight and laser at an American military helicopter accompanying two US Navy vessels sailing through the strategic Strait of Hormuz during the night, CBS News quoted a US officials as saying.  

Military sources said that the incident was considered by the US Navy to have been "unsafe and unprofessional." 

The last "unsafe" incident in the Strait of Hormuz occurred in March this year, when Iranian vessels had a close encounter with a US surveillance ship.

That encounter came just two days after an Iranian navy frigate came within 150 yards of the Invincible in the Gulf of Oman, just south of the Strait of Hormuz. The gulf separates Oman from southeastern Iran.

Still, neither of those incidents was the most serious of 2017. In January, a US Navy destroyer fired multiple warning shots at Iranian patrol boats as they sped toward the destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz "with their weapons manned."

The crew of the USS Mahan fired the warning shots after attempting to establish contact with the Iranians and after dropping smoke flares, US officials said.  

The US Navy's confrontations with Iranian naval forces in the Persian Gulf  do not usually reach the point of prompting warning shots by the US.

In May of 2016, the commander of the Revolutionary Guard threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Iranian Republic.
Last Modified: Thursday، 15 June 2017 02:43 PM
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