US Destroyer Fired Warning Shots At Iranian Fast-Attack Ship

Thursday, August 25, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 25, 2016

Yesterday, we reported that four Iranian ships carried out a “high speed intercept” of a US destroyer, the USS Nitze, in the Strait of Hormuz, an incident that the official dubbed “unsafe and unprofessional”, cited by Reuters. The four vessels belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps “harassed” a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a “high speed intercept” in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. Defense official said on Wednesday.

Moments ago, CNN reported that in a separate incident, A US Navy ship fired three warning shots after a “harassing” Iranian fast-attack craft approached and circled two U.S. Navy ships and a Kuwaiti vessel in the northern Gulf on Wednesday. It said the U.S. ship fired the shots into the water after the Iranian ship did not leave after a brief radio conversation, according to U.S. officials.

The Iranian ship reportedly circled the U.S. ships, coming within 200 yards of the vessels, and would not leave the area. The U.S. Navy ships then fired several warning flares and attempted to make radio contact with the Iranian ship. After a brief radio exchange, the Iranians refused to leave, CNN reported, forcing the U.S. Navy ships to follow defensive maritime procedures and fire three warning shots at the Iranian vessel.

This is the second incident in two days: as noted above, the United States on Wednesday had reported another incident in which it said Iranian vessels harassed a U.S. warship near the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday.

CNN also provided more details on initial incident, reporting that according to a US official two of the Iranian vessels slowed and turned away only after coming within 300 yards of the US guided-missile destroyer “as it transited international waters near the Strait of Hormuz, and only after the destroyer had sent multiple visual and audio warnings.”

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