U.S. Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots In Iranian Boat In Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON:  A U.S. Navy boat fired warning shots in an Iranian patrol ship on Tuesday in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, U.S. press reported Tuesday.

As saying, the vessel is believed to have been controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, CNN quoted a defense official familiar with details of the episode.

The Iranian ship, which approached and arrived over 150 yards (about 137 meters) of this U.S. boat, didn’t respond to some warnings from the U.S. boat, including radio calls, shooting of flares and five short blasts from the U.S. Navy ship’s whistle, ” the report said.

The U.S. Navy boat subsequently fired warning shots to the water above concerns about the possibility of a collision, a U.S. defense official said, adding that the Iranian boat then stopped approaching the U.S. boat but lingered in the area for a number of hours.

Similar incidents involving Iran and the United States occurred previously. In January this year, a U.S. navy ship fired warning shots at five Iranian ships when the vessel and two additional U.S. ships were entering the Strait of Hormuz.

In March the U.S. press reported a U.S. navy surveillance boat was “harassed” by Allied boats from the Strait of Hormuz, a promise that had been rejected by Iran as the White House’s press spree against Tehran.