A Navy patrol boat from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, interacted in an unsafe and unprofessional manner as US Navy ships transited through the Strait of Hormuzthe night of December 5, the US military said in a statement.
One of those Navy ships was involved in a massive seizure of illegal weapons in the Gulf of Oman In the past week.
The expeditionary sea-based platform ship USS Lewis B Puller (ESB 3) and the guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) were conducting a routine transit in international waters when the patrol boat approached.
The Iranian ship attempted to blind the destroyer’s bridge by turning on a spotlight and crossed within 150 yards of the American ships, dangerously closeespecially at night, according to the US statement.
“The US ships safely defused the situation by employing audible warnings and non-lethal lasers. The US Navy ships continued their transit without further incident.”
The US denounced that “the actions of the IRGCN violated international standards of professional and safe maritime behavior, increasing the risk of miscalculation and collision.”
“This dangerous action in international waters is indicative of Iran’s destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East,” said Col. Joe Buccino, a CENTCOM spokesman.
Last week, the forces of the USS Lewis B Puller seized more than 1 million ammunition, thousands of fuses and rocket propellants from a fishing boat in the Gulf of Oman, according to the specialized media gcaptain. The US Fifth Fleet previously intercepted a fishing vessel illegally shipping lethal aid from Iran to the Houthis in Yemen on November 8.
In another incident in 2018, the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet accused IRGCN vessels of making repeated “dangerous and harassing approaches” towards the USS Lewis B. Puller and other US military vessels in the Arabian Gulf. from North.
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