U.S. Ship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Navy Vessels

A United States Navy ship fired warning shots at three Iranian Navy vessels that came to an “unnecessarily close range with unknown intent,” the U.S. Navy said on April 27.

The U.S. Navy reported that it fired warning shots when three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast-attack boats continued with their close range maneuvers after the U.S. issued warnings over the radio.

The IRGCN vessels moved away from the U.S. vessels after the warning shots.

According to the U.S. Navy, its vessels were conducting routine maritime security operations in the international waters of the north Arabian Gulf last April 26 when the IRGCN boats “came into close proximity” — within 68 yards to both U.S. ships.

The IRGCN boats “failed to exercise due regard for the safety of other vessels as required under international law,” the U.S. Navy reported.

“The U.S. is not an aggressor… Our forces are trained, however, to conduct effective defensive measures when necessary,” the U.S. Navy stated.

The report follows another report of an incident last April 2 when IRGCN vessels swarmed two U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats during a routine maritime security patrols in the international waters of the southern Arabian Gulf.

Harth 55, one of the Iranian vessels, “repeatedly crossed the bows of the U.S. vessels at an unnecessarily close range… at a 70 yard closest point of approach.”

The U.S. Navy said that U.S. crews issued warnings over the radio, but the Iranian vessels continued their “unsafe and unprofessional” actions.

According to the U.S. Navy, the IRGCN vessels moved away after about three hours of warnings.

“U.S. naval forces continue to remain vigilant and are trained to act in a professional manner, while our commanding officers retain the inherent right to act in self-defense,” the U.S. Navy stated in both reports.

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