Daily US Times: US Navy has said Iran’s Navy once again harassed US ships operating in the Persian Gulf and this time coming within 68 yards of the ships on Monday night. The situation prompted one of the American ships to fire warning shots, according to US Navy’s Fifth Fleet spokesperson Cdr. Rebecca Rebarich.
Three fast inshore attack craft from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy came within 68 yards of the US Navy patrol coast ship USS Firebolt and the Coast Guard cutter Baranoff, Rebarich said in a statement.
The Iranian ships kept operating close to the US patrol ship despite repeated bridge-to-bridge warnings and the use of loud-hailer devices. The Firebolt fired warning shots in response, Rebarich said, at which point the Iranian ships backed away to a safe distance.
Rebarich said in the statement: “Throughout the interaction, US forces proactively communicated with the IRGCN vessels and executed pre-planned responses to reduce the risk of miscalculation, avoid a collision, and to de-escalate the situation.”
The incident marks the second time this month that ships from the Iranian Navy have harassed US ships in the Persian Gulf.
Four IRGC ships, including three fast attack craft and a support vessel, came within 70 yards of two Coast Guard cutters on April 2.
Rebarich said of the April 2 incident that the Harth 55 closed aggressively on Wrangell’s bow, resulting in Wrangell maneuvering to avoid collision while sounding five short blasts from the ship’s horn.”