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US Warship Fires Warning Shots at Armed Iranian Boat in Gulf

US Warship Fires Warning Shots at Armed Iranian Boat in Gulf”

The Cyclone class coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) transits along other PCs during an exercise in the Arabian Gulf.

A patrol vessel of the american navy has fired on Tuesday, warning shots against a ship by iranian corps Guards of the islamic revolution, after the latter has approached at least 140 metres, said an american official of the Defense.

The incident, which occurred around 3 p.m. local time Tuesday, was deemed "an unsafe and unprofessional interaction".

Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard instead blamed the Thunderbolt for the incident in a statement, saying the American vessel moved toward one of its patrol boats in the incident.

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A U.S. defence official said the boat came within 450ft (137m), and ignored radio calls and the ship's whistle.

The video shows the Iranian boat coming near the bow of the U.S. ship, which the Navy said was within 150 yards.

The U.S. Navy ship then fired warning shots into the water over concerns about the possibility of a collision, a U.S. defense official said, adding that the Iranian ship then stopped approaching the U.S. ship but lingered in the area for some hours. It said the Thunderbolt fired into the air "with the intention to provoke and create fear".

A spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Lt. Ian McConnaughey, told Military.com that the shots were fired from one of the Thunderbolt's two.50-caliber machine guns and they were limited in number.

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In January 2016, the Iranians briefly captured the crew of two small United States patrol boats that strayed into Iranian waters.

The USS Thunderbolt recently conducted live fire drills on July 20th with the US cruiser, the USS Lake Erie, and patrol ships, the USS Tempest, USS Chinook, USS Squall and USS Firebolt.

Iranian forces view the American presence in the Gulf as a provocation by itself.

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