US Navy Fires Warning Shots Toward Iranian Ship During 'Tense Encounter'
26 July, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
The IRCG navy issued a statement on Tuesday noting that an American "battleship" moved toward one of its patrol boats in worldwide waters in the northern Gulf and fired two shots in the air, according to Sepah News, the official news site of the IRCG.
A U.S. Navy patrol boat in the northern Persian Gulf fired warning shots at an armed Iranian ship July 24, according to two U.S. officials.
The statement said the U.S. fired two shots into the air, adding that both vessels were in global waters at the time.
It is not clear where in the Persian Gulf the incident occurred or how many Americans were aboard the Thunderbolt.
The Iranian vessel sped towards the U.S. patrol boat named Thunderbolt, ignoring radio calls, flares and the ship's whistle, according to an unnamed U.S. official. It did not respond to any signals, they did not respond to any bridge-to-bridge calls, they felt there was no choice except to fire the warning shots, ' the defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The United States Navy has reportedly fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel, according to Agence France-Presse.
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The video shows the Iranian boat coming near the bow of the USA ship, which the Navy said was within 150 yards.
The vessel from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "conducted an unsafe and unprofessional interaction" with the coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt as it participated in a military exercise in the global waters of the northern Arabian Gulf. It said the Thunderbolt fired into the air "with the intention to provoke and create fear".
Confrontations between US and Iranian forces have grown particularly tense during the Trump administration.
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