U.S. Vessel Fires Warning Shots After Encounter With Iranian Fast Boats
May 10, 2021
A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired some 30 warning shots after 13 boats from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) came close to it and other U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on May 10.
It was the second time over the past month that U.S. military vessels had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after the Iranian fast boats came to within 150 meters of six U.S. military vessels, including the USS Monterey, which were escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maui fired the warning shots from a .50-caliber machine gun before the Iranian vessels left, Kirby said.
"It's significant...and they were acting very aggressively," he said, adding that there had been more Iranian vessels involved this time than in other incidents in the recent past.
Last month, a U.S. military ship fired warning shots after three Iranian vessels came close to it and another U.S. patrol boat in the Persian Gulf.
Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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