Iranian vessels 'harass' US Navy ship: Pentagon

Mar 08, 2017, 00:40
Iranian vessels 'harass' US Navy ship: Pentagon

A U.S. official has told Reuters that several fast-attack ships from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) came close to a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz, forcing it to change its course. On Saturday, a number of smaller boats approached the USA ship, closing to within 600 yards, Davis said. The encounter forced the Invincible and three accompanying Royal Navy vessels to alter course.

The official said attempts were made to communicate over radio, but there was no response and the interaction was "unsafe and unprofessional".

The incident is reported to have taken place in the Strait of Hormuz, which sits between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, according to an unnamed usa official. USA officials told Fox News the latest version of the Fateh-110 missile has an "active seeker" system that helps it target ships at sea. In January, a U.S.

The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow waterway connecting the Persian Gulf to the Indian Sea through which a fifth of the world's oil supply passes.

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The Pentagon has previously voiced concern over a string of high-profile incidents in waters off Iran, where the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) frequently conducts risky manoeuvres around U.S. vessels, including some where the Americans have had to fire warning shots. The Saturday incident was also more worrying as it involved the elite Revolutionary Guard unit.

Iran's navy began an annual drill last week near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of President Trump.

Long-term tensions between Washington and Tehran were reduced when the USA and several world powers agreed to end sanctions on Iran after an agreement to rein in the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions was signed. The gulf separates Oman from southeastern Iran. The tension has escalated between the two countries after Iran test-fired a new ballistic missile earlier this month, prompting Washington to impose some new sanctions on Tehran.

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