US Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian Vessel in the Persian Gulf

A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.

US Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel in the PersianĀ Gulf

A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.

WASHINGTON — A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat Tuesday in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.

The Iranian ship is thought to have been operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a defense official familiar with details of the episode. The officials said the Iranian boat approached and arrived within 150 yards of the US ship.

The Iranians didn’t respond to some warnings against the US ship, such as radio calls, firing of flares and five short blasts in the US Navy boat’s whistle, that is the internationally recognized communications sign for danger, the officials stated.

The Navy ship then fired warning shots into the water over concerns regarding the possibility of a crash, one of the officials stated.

The Iranian ship then stopped its provocative actions but lingered in the region for some hours, one of those officials stated. There were many US Navy ships in the immediate vicinity at the time of the episode conducting regular patrol operations in international waters, according to the defense officials.

This isn’t the first time the US and Iranian navies have had a tense experience in the Persian Gulf.

In June, the US military labeled the actions of an Iranian vessel “dangerous and unprofessional” after it trained a laser on a US helicopter which was accompanying a creation of American ships transiting the international waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

No warning shots were fired during this experience, but US defense officials criticized the use of the Iranian laser.

In April, the US detained that an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ship of acting in an “unprofessional but also provocative” way when approaching the American destroyer, the USS Mahan, although it was sailing from the Persian Gulf.

The official said the Iranian boat had its own firearms flying and arrived within approximately 1,000 yards of the US destroyer. The Mahan didn’t fire some warning shots.

Pentagon spokesman US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis previously told me that there were 35 incidents of threatening or dangerous behavior by Iranian vessels in 2016, although the “vast majority” had happened from the first half of the year.

Another US official said at the time that the amount of unsafe and unprofessional encounters in 2017 was “way under” the number that had happened by precisely the same point in 2016.