- US Navy Patrol Boat Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Naval Ship After It Comes Within 150 YARDS During ‘Tense Encounter’ in the Persian Gulf
by JULIAN ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
* USS Thunderbolt fired warning shots when Iranian ship came within 150 yards
* The ‘tense encounter’ took place in the Persian Gulf today, US official revealed
* Iranian Revolutionary Guard ship ‘ignored radio calls, flares and warning sirens’
* Official said US sailors then had ‘no choice except to fire the warning shots’
A US Navy patrol boat has fired warning shots towards an Iranian naval ship after it came within 150 yards during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, it has emerged. The incident happened at 3am local time today and involved the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class ship involved in an exercise with American and other vessels in the area.
A US defense official said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard ship came within 150 yards of the Thunderbolt and did not respond to radio calls, flares or warning sirens, forcing U.S. sailors to fire warning shots. ‘The IRGCN boat was coming in at a high rate of speed. It did not respond to any signals, they did not respond to any bridge-to-bridge calls, they felt there was no choice except to fire the warning shots,’ the defense official said. The Iranian boat then went ‘dead in the water’ after the shots and the vessels all left the area.