Iranian vessel militantly approached US Navy destroyer in the Persian Gulf

Fox News reported that a vessel belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards came within a distance of 1,000 yards of the US missile destroyer USS Mahan with its weapons manned. “Coming inbound at a high rate of speed like that and manning weapons is obviously provocative behavior,” said an American official.
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A vessel belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards approached the US missile destroyer USS Mahan at high speed with its weapons manned in the Persian Gulf, Fox News reported. As a result, the American vessel was forced to deviate from its course.

Two US officials told Fox News that the Iranian vessel came within a distance of 1,000 yards of the USS Mahan, forcing them to sound the danger signal, fire flares and the ship manned its own weapons.

“Coming inbound at a high rate of speed like that and manning weapons, despite clear warnings from the ship, is obviously provocative behavior,” an American official stated.

This unusually tense incident was not the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf. Last January, the USS Mahan fired warning shots at 4 Iranian vessels near the Straits of Hormuz. In that incident, the US tried to instruct the Iranian vessels to stop by radio but they did not respond, which forced the USS Mahan to fire 3 warning shots.

According to the US military, Iran has harassed American warships in at least 35 “unprofessional” incidents in 2016, which represents a 50% jump from the previous year.



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