An Iranian IRGCN vessel harassed a US Coast Guard vessel in the Persian Gulf earlier this month.
The US Navy has released photos and videos of the incident.
At some point, a large Iranian ship crossed the bow of a US ship “an unnecessarily close distance.”
U.S. Navy video and some photos show Iranian ships Harassing U.S. Coast Guard vessels in the Persian Gulf earlier this month, Such an incident for the first time in almost a year.
During maritime security operations on the high seas on April 2, three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy high-speed attack boats and one large support vessel, Haas 55, flocked to the US Coast Guard patrol boats Wrangell and Monomoi. ..
The· U.S. Navy says During the three-hour incident, Haas 55 “repeatedly crossed the bow of a US ship at an unnecessarily close distance,” at some point within 70 yards of the US ship.
As the Navy explained, one “safe and unprofessional” approach was captured in the video.
The· U.S. Navy said The large Iranian vessel was “aggressively closed” at Langer and was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision while honking.
In addition to blasting the horn five times, US ships also transmitted radio to Iranian ships. Harth 55 responded to communication between the bridges, but did not change its behavior. The IRGCN ship finally withdrew after about 3 hours.
The· Said the navy “The actions of the IRGCN increased the risk of miscalculations and conflicts,” he said. “The actions of the IRGCN were considered unsafe and unprofessional.”
Two Coast Guard vessels are assigned to the Southwest Asian Patrol Army and operate under Task Force 55 of the US Navy’s Central Command.
The incident earlier this month is the first since April 15, 2020, which means it is the first tense encounter between a US warship and the Biden administration’s IRGCN vessel.
During the April 2020 incident, which lasted about an hour Eleven IRGC boats “take a dangerous and harassing approach” to US Navy and Coast Guard vessels Activities on the high seas. At some point, one of the Iranian boats came within 10 yards of one of the Coast Guard cutters.
The US Navy has characterized the encounter not only as “safe and unprofessional,” but also as “dangerous and provocative.”
In response to aggressive action, then-President Donald Trump tweeted that he had ordered the US Navy to “destroy” an Iranian gunboat that “harassed our ship at sea.” He then doubled at a White House press conference, claiming that the Navy would “shoot them out of the water.” No such action occurred.
These types of encounters with the IRGCN were once quite common. In 2015, there were 23 “safe and unprofessional” interactions with Iranian naval vessels. There were 35 in 2016 and 14 in 2017. AP reported..
Although malicious IRGC activity continued, harassment of US vessels at sea was suspended in 2018, but has since resumed.
The· U.S. Navy said “The US Navy remains vigilant and trained to act in a professional manner,” he said. “The commander has the inherent right to act for self-defense,” the service added.
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