Several Iranian Naval vessels carried out threatening maneuvers dangerously close to US warships in the Persian Gulf, underscoring the mounting tensions between the US and Iran.
As Reuters reports:
WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – Eleven vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came dangerously close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.”
While such interactions had occurred occasionally a few years ago, they had stopped in recent years, and this incident comes at a time of increased tensions between the two countries.
According to the statement, the Iranian vessels approached six U.S. military ships while they were conducting integration operations with Army helicopters in international waters…
The U.S. ships issued several warnings through bridge-to-bridge radio, blasts from the ships’ horns and long-range acoustic noise maker devices.
Tensions have been mounting between the US and Iran ever since the US attack on terrorist General Qasem Soleimani, who had been responsible for many attacks on US troops serving in Iraq.