BREAKING NEWS | Iranian Vessels Come Dangerously Close To American Military Ships: U.S. Military

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Eleven vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came dangerously close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling the moves ‘dangerous and provocative’.

While such interactions had occurred occasionally a few years ago, they had stopped, and this incident comes at a time of increased between the two countries.

According to the statement, the Iranian vessels approached six U.S. military ships while they were conducting integration operations with Army helicopters in international waters.

At one point, the Iranian vessels came within 10 yards of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maui.

The U.S. ships issued warnings through bridge – to – bridge radio, blasts from the ships’ horns and long – range acoustic noise maker devices.

The Iranian ships left after about an hour, the statement added.

Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) issued a brief Farsi – language story on the U.S. military report, without any reaction from Iranian authorities.

‘The URGCN’s dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision (and) were not in accordance with the internationally recognized Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea’, the U.S. military’s statement said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, asked in a Fox News interview whether he had discussed the incident with the Pentagon, said: ‘We’ve talked as a team… We’re evaluating how best to respond  and how best to communicate our displeasure with what…took place’.

Close interactions with Iranian military vessels were not uncommon in 2016 and 2017. On several occasions, U.S. Navy ships fired warning shots at Iranian vessels when they got too close.

Tensions between Iran and the United States increased earlier this year after the United States killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in a drone strike in Iraq.

Iran retailed on Jan. 8 with a rocket attack on Iraq’s Ain Al-Asad base where U.S. forces were stationed. No U.S. troops were killed or faced immediate bodily injury, but more than 100 were later diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.

Earilier this month President Donald Trump said that Iran or its proxies planned a sneak attack on U.S. targets in Iraq, and warned they would pay a ‘very heavy price’.

Maritime security said on Wednesday that a Hong Kong – flagged tanker was briefly detained in Iran armed Iranian guards in speedboats directed the vessel into its waters while it was sailing through the Gulf of Oman.

The sources said the SC Taipei chemical tanker had been  sailing in international waters on Tuesday when it was stopped.


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