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US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian boat

July 25, 2017

A U.S. Navy ship has fired warning shots at an Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, two defense officials told CNN.

According to the two officials, the Iranian boat, believed to be operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, came within 150 yards of the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship, that was involved in an exercise with other American vessels in the Persian Gulf.

According to officials, the Iranian boat did not respond to radio calls, flares and five warning siren blasts.

The Navy ship fired warning shots into the water as a result.

According to the official, the Iranian vessel backed off, but continued to remain in the area for several hours.

Last week, The Iranian Army Chief told the United States that calling the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps a “terrorist group” would be a “big risk” to American armed forces in Iran.