US warship fires warning flare at Iranian warship in Persian Gulf

US warship fires warning flare at Iranian warship in Persian Gulf

Lt. Ian McConnaughey of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet says the incident happened Monday. They had tried signalling to the Iranians to stay away, but that had no effect, so the crew fired three warning shots with a.50 calibre machine gun. "Just a short while ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif posted a tweet to social media, acknowledging the incident, but also sarcastically asking why the U.S. Navy was so far away from home", he reported.

Early suggestions reveal the two ships did not come any closer and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard ship did not fire warning shots. ABC News mentions that the Navy ship fired its warning flare "in the direction" of the IRGC ship, but that doesn't quite count as a warning shot. The Iranian military boats would not alter their course even after multiple radio calls, flares, and smoke bombs were used to deter it from continuing its approach, according to a Reuters report.

Iranian and U.S naval forces had another encounter this week in the Strait of Hormuz; a strategic worldwide passage especially for oil from the region to the global market.

A United States warship has been forced to change course and fire warning flares by an Iranian attack boat that raced towards it with its weapons manned.

The number of acts of belligerence by Iranian forces against U.S. troops stationed in the area has more than doubled since the signing of the controversial nuclear deal a year ago.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis cited 35 incidents of unsafe or unprofessional behaviour by Iranian ships in 2016; most of which occurred in the first six months of the year.

In 2015, before the nuclear deal was signed, there was a total of 23 such incidents in the same region.

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