US Military Vessel Provocation in Persian Gulf Neutralized, Iran's IRGC Says

Laura Christensen
July 26, 2017

According to defense officials, there were several other U.S. Navy ships in the immediate vicinity at the time of the incident conducting routine patrol operations in worldwide waters.

The official claimed that the warning shots by U.S. vessel happened after the Iranian ship came within 137 meters of it.

In March, the US media reported that a USA navy surveillance ship was "harassed" by Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, a claim that had been rejected by Iran as the White House's media hype against Tehran. But serious differences remain over Iran's ballistic missile programme and conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The statement said the USA fired two shots into the air, adding that both vessels were in worldwide waters at the time. The sound of machine gun fire followed.

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He said the US ship "had to act for the safety of the crew".

FOX News has updating details, including the last time a U.S. Navy warship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel which approached too close. -Iranian relations is continuing to rise as Iran seeks to build up its military capabilities and the United States moves to increase sanctions.

A spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Lt. Ian McConnaughey, told Military.com that the shots were fired from one of the Thunderbolt's two.50-caliber machine guns and they were limited in number. The last one to involve warning shots happened in January near the end of then-President Barack Obama's term, when the USS Mahan fired shots toward Iranian fast attack boats as they neared the destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz.

During the presidential campaign, Mr Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harass the US Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water".

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