The US Navy noted that the US Coast Guard patrol boat Baranoff and the USS Firebolt coastal patrol ships opened warning shots after 3 ships of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Army Navy (IRGCN) came into close contact with them.
Tensions between the US and Iran have moved into international waters. In the statement made by the US Navy, it was stated that the US forces opened warning shots when 3 ships belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Army Navy (IRGCN) came into close contact with US ships in international waters in the Persian Gulf.
The Navy noted that yesterday, IRGCN ships entered “unnecessarily close contact for an unknown reason” with the USS Firebolt, the 10th member of the US Navy Cyclone-class coastal patrol boats, and the US Coast Guard patrol boat Baranoff, approaching both US ships up to a distance of 68 yards. .
Stating that the US ships were conducting their routine operations and IRGCN ships were warned many times during the incident, Navy officials said, “Firebolt and Baranoff were conducting routine maritime security operations in international waters during the incident. US crews issued multiple warnings from deck to deck with radio and noisy devices, but the IRGCN ships continued their close maneuvers, ”he said.
Noting that the US forces “proactively communicated” with Iranian forces to reduce the risk of calculation, prevent a collision and alleviate the situation, the officials said, “The Firebolt crew then fired warning shots and the IRGCN ships moved away from the US ships to a safe distance,” the officials said.
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