Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

US Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Gulf — BBCI

US Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Gulf — BBCI

The U.S. Navy fired warning shots at a patrol boat this morning reportedly belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Persian Gulf. After the Iranian vessel did not respond to radio calls, flares, or warning sirens, USA sailors were forced to fire warning shots.

According to the official, the USS Thunderbolt fired the warning shots when the Iranian vessel failed to respond to attempted radio communication.

Following the warning shots the Iranian ship ceased its provocative actions, but did still linger in the area for some hours, one of the officials told CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr.

Commander Bill Urban, the spokesman for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, said the Iranian vessel came within 730 meters of the USS Bataan assault ship.

According to navy.mil, the USS Thunderbolt is a Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship.

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The incident happened Tuesday as a formation of U.S. Navy warships was doing an exercise in the Northern Persian Gulf.

There will be "serious consequences" unless Iran releases American prisoners and stops using "hostage taking as a tool of state policy", Mr Trump said recently. It said the Thunderbolt fired into the air "with the intention to provoke and create fear". In January, a Navy destroyer fired warning shots at several Iranian attack boats that the US military claimed ignored prior warnings in the Strait of Hormuz.

Tense naval encounters are not uncommon between Iranian and U.S. forces in the Gulf: Ten U.S. sailors were detained by the Iranian military in January 2016.

Naval incidents with Iran are not entirely unusual, though ones involving shots fired are.

Iranian forces view the American presence in the Gulf as a provocation by itself.

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