US Armed Forces Call Iranian Ship's Close Encounter 'Unprofessional'

27 April, 2017, 02:08 | Author: Evan Mason
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The "provocative" Iranian vessel came within just 1,000 yards of the USS Mahan in the Persian Gulf on Monday, according to United States officials.

At the time, the destroyer fired three warning shots at armed Iranian patrol boats that were speeding toward the American warship at the entrance to the Persian Gulf after the Iranian vessels ignored multiple warning attempts by the Mahan crew.

Tehran has not made any comment about the incident which is reported to have taken place on Monday. Iran views the American presence as a provocation and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard shadows U.S. Navy ships in the Gulf, occasionally firing missiles or rockets nearby.

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The Iranian ship came within 1000 yards of the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan with its weapons manned, according to AzVision. The USS Mahan attempted to turn the Iranian ship away be issuing verbal warnings, but those efforts went unheeded by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy Corps. "Coming inbound at a high rate of speed like that and manning weapons is obviously provocative behavior", said an American official.

Since the nuclear deal with world powers, the hardline Revolutionary Guard has stepped up its encounters with the US.

The Pentagon identified 35 similar incidents in the first half of 2016 along, up from a recorded 23 incidents in 2015. So far in 2017, a total of seven such unsafe encounters have occurred. Some regarded the incident as an embarrassment for the U.S. Navy, with four sailors ultimately being punished for their conduct while they were detained.

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