US Military Vessel Provocation in Persian Gulf Neutralized, Iran's IRGC Says

The USS Thunderbolt, a Navy patrol craft, was conducting a coalition exercise in the global waters when the Iranian vessel approached, according to the Navy.

A U.S. Navy Cyclone-class patrol ship was forced to fire warning shots from its.50-caliber machine gun Tuesday when a boat belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy made an unsafe approach in the Arabian Gulf.

Iran unveiled its latest air defence missiles on Saturday.

In January, the USS Mahan destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels that approached at high speed in the Strait of Hormuz.

There will be "serious consequences" unless Iran releases American prisoners and stops using "hostage taking as a tool of state policy", Mr Trump said recently.

He said the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) ship also ignored flares and warning sirens fired from the USS Thunderbolt.

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

The Navy characterized the Iranian boat's actions as not following internationally recognized "rules of the road ... creating a risk for collision". U.S Defense Department officials said the boat came within 150 yards of the USS Thunderbolt, a Navy patrol ship. The Iranian craft was likely operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which released a statement saying that a USA boat approached an Iranian patrol craft this morning. The Iranian ship came within 1,100 yards of the USS Mahan, closing the distance even after the US ship maneuvered to open the distance. The action was described by the US military as "unsafe and unprofessional".

Concerned about a collision, the U.S. Navy fired warning shots into the waters near the Iranian boat.

This article has been updated to include new information provided by the U.S. Navy.

  • Joey Payne