USS Mahan Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boats

Tracy FergusonJan 10, 2017

A US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats on Sunday near the Strait of Hormuz, a US official on Monday, APA reports citing CNN.

The "USS Mahan" destroyer apparently tried to establish contact with the approaching Iranian vessels and asked them to reduce their speed, but they did not respond, according to unnamed officials quoted by the news outlet.

The Iranian boats came within 900 yards of the Mahan, but other recent encounters with Revolutionary Guard boats have been much closer.

The vessels from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps reportedly closed in on the USS Mahan yesterday at a high rate of speed.

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In August, a USA vessel fired warning shots in a similar showdown, and an Iranian vessel trained its weapon on a us helicopter there in November.

It was reported that the warning shots fired on Sunday were just one of seven interactions the Mahan had with Iranian vessels over the weekend, however, the others were not considered to be unsafe.

The Iranian government has not made any comment regarding the incident.

"Mahan then fired three warning shots with a crew-served 50-caliber machine gun, and the IRGCN vessels arrested their high-speed approach".

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In addition, a Navy helicopter dropped a smoke float. "Naval Forces Central Command assesses this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional".

In September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water".

Earlier in September, seven Iranian fast-attack boats were involved in an unsafe encounter with the USS Firebolt, with one Iranian craft coming to a stop in front of the American ship, a USA defense official said.

During the 2016 presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump told campaign supporters that he would take a strong hand with the Iranian military in the Persian Gulf.

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