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U.S. Navy Ship Changes Course After Iranian Fast Boats Come Within 600 Yards Of Vessel

March 06, 2017

A U.S. Navy ship was forced to change course after Iranian fast boats from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps came too close to the U.S. vessel in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, officials said.

The USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, was transiting through the Strait of Hormuz when it was forced to change course after IRGCN boats came within 600 yards of the vessel. No warning shots or flares were fired.

The Invincible, which was traveling north into the Persian Gulf, was accompanied by three ships from British Royal Navy.

According to officials, the incident was considered to be “unsafe” and “unprofessional.”

Encounters between U.S. and Iranian vessels have become more frequent as of late. In January, the USS Mahan fired multiple warning shots at Iranian patrol boats as they approached the U.S. Navy destroyer at high speeds.

The USS Mahan established radio communication with the vessels but they did not respond to requests to slow down.