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Iranian naval vessels are recently approaching U.S. Naval Forces at dangerously high speeds, nearly causing a collision.
One Iranian vessel also came within 50 yards of the U.S. Navy ship during a routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz.
The U.S. ship issued audible warning signals and even deployed a warning flare.
Iranian Navy have been testing U.S. vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz for years. During a similar situation in May 2021, a U.S. warship fired warning shots at Iranian boats.
A statement about the incident explained, “One of the IRGCN vessels approached Sirocco head-on at a dangerously high speed and only altered course after the U.S. patrol coastal ship issued audible warning signals to avoid collision.”
“The Iranian vessel also came within 50 yards of the U.S. Navy ship during the interaction, and Sirocco responded by deploying a warning flare,” the statement declared.
More on this story via Fox News:
Three Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels (IRGCN) approached a U.S. convoy comprised of the coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco and the fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County, which were conducting a routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command 5th Fleet said in a statement.
“The full interaction among all vessels lasted one hour and ended when the IRGCN craft departed the area. U.S. Navy ships continued their transit without further incident,” the statement continued.
Monday’s incident comes days before President Joe Biden travels to Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to negotiate to lower gas prices as well as reopen negotiations surrounding an Iran nuclear deal.