US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian boat in Persian Gulf

Posted July 26, 2017

According to CNN, the USS Vella Gulf and two other US ships were accompanying the Thunderbolt at the time of the incident.

Updated | A Navy warship fired warning shots Tuesday at an Iranian military vessel in the Persian Gulf after it reportedly came too close.

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The Iranian ship continued its approach and the USS Thunderbolt again sounded five short blasts, and then warning shots in front of the Iranian vessel.

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The unidentified Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessel got within 200 yards of the USS Thunderbolt before the American patrol boat fired a warning shot, quickly ending the encounter.

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. This is also the closest that an Iranian vessel has come to a USA ship in the Gulf in at least a year.

USA officials also have not disclosed what type of weapons the crew fired.

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USA officials did not specify the size or type of the Iranian vessel, only speculated that it may have been operated by the naval branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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

Incidents between U.S and Iranian maritime forces are not uncommon in the region.

The warning shots come as tensions between the two countries have heightened, spurred on in part by anti-Iran rhetoric from President Donald Trump.

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