United States navy fires warning shots at Iranian patrol boat

United States navy fires warning shots at Iranian patrol boat

The incident involved the USS Thunderbolt (pictured above in 1997), a Cyclone-class patrol ship that is now conducting exercises in the Persian Gulf along with other U.S. Navy warships.

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But in a statement issued via the IRGC's news site Sepah, it was the American "battleship" which moved towards one of Iran's patrol boats.

"The Iranian vessel's actions were not in accordance with the internationally recognized COLREGs "rules of the road" nor internationally recognized maritime customs, creating a risk for collision", Navy Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey, spokesperson for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, told Newsweek. And in August, the USS Squall fired warning shots into waters ahead of a speeding Iranian boat to warn the small craft that it had come within 200 yards of the USA ship. Iran and the US frequently have tense naval encounters in the Persian Gulf.

After the Iranian ship did not respond to the various signals, the US boat fired warning shots in an attempt to avoid a collision.

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The 179-foot USS Thunderbolt is a Cyclone-class patrol ship armed with two 25mm Mk-38 machine guns, two.50-caliber machine guns and two automatic grenade launchers. In January, a Navy destroyer fired warning shots at several Iranian attack boats that the USA military claimed ignored prior warnings in the Strait of Hormuz.

Hostility between the United States and Iran date back to the 1979 Islamic revolution, which overthrew the USA -backed monarchy in Tehran.

Naval incidents with Iran are not entirely unusual, though ones involving shots fired are.

I don't know why the Iranians keep provoking us.

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