A United States destroyer sailing in the Strait of Hormuz was approached by an Iranian Revolutionary Guard “fast attack craft” Monday, Fox News reports.
According to two U.S. officials, the Iranian vessel, with its weapons manned, came to within 1,000 yards of the USS Mahan.
The Mahan was forced to alter course as it sounded a danger signal while firing flares, at the same time manning its own weapons.
One of the American officials describing the incident said that the actions of the Iranian vessel “is obviously provocative behavior,” accentuating how it approached the Mahan at a high rate of speed, manning its own weapons, even as the U.S. vessel gave clear warning signs to the ship.
This was not the first time the USS Mahan has been harassed by an Iranian vessel. In 2016 alone at least 35 incidents took place, according to the United States military. This measure is up by 50 percent from a year ago.
In January, USS Mahan encountered four Iranian vessels in the same area as the incident on Monday, trying to order the vessels to stop via bridge-to-bridge communication; when that failed, the Mahan fired three warning shots from a .50 caliber machine gun.
In late November 2016, a small Iranian boat in the Strait of Hormuz trained a machine gun on a U.S. Navy helicopter.
In September 2016, Iran threatened to down Navy aircraft it said was encroaching on its airspace.
In early September 2016, a U.S. Navy ship was harassed in the Persian Gulf.
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