Iran: Forces will warn any vessel after USA warship incident
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 11, 2016,
Sep 11, 2016, 0:26
"The Iranian ships ignored repeated radio, whistle and flare warnings from the Nitze and only slowed their approach when they were within 300 yards of the USA ship", Urban said.
In another incident in late 2015, Iran fired off rockets near the carrier ship USS Harry Truman, setting off alarm bells on the ship and risking a confrontation.
Earlier the two American ships had an earlier encounter with three other Iranian small craft that crossed in front of the bow three times, coming as close as 600 yards, the US officials said.
Earlier, a USA defence official said that four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps conducted a "high-speed intercept" of the warship in the Strait of Hormuz. The coastal patrol craft is armed with two 25mm cannon and.50-caliber machineguns.
Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels "harrassed" the USS Nitze - coming within 300 yards - the day before.
Iran's Defense Minister, Brig.
The USS Tempest, a Cyclone-class patrol ship, was also harassed in the same incident in which the Iranian boats sped to within about 200 yards of the American vessels. Because Stout can travel at much higher speeds than the IRGC boat, it maneuvered out of the way. The Nitze altered course away from the approaching Iranian vessels. He said the US ships are conducting themselves in a safe and professional manner and they will continue to take whatever steps they need to protect themselves.
"These were incidents that the crews deemed unsafe", Cook said.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the three American ships were operating in worldwide waters as normal and said that the crews deemed the incidents that occurred on Wednesday unsafe and unprofessional.
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan says Iran will confront any vessel intruding in its territorial waters after Pentagon officials claim Iranian speedboats "harassed" United States warships in the Strait of Hormuz. The sailors drifted into Iranian waters after a mechanical failure and sparked a global incident.
The incidents involving the Iranian ships and parts of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet spanned multiple days.