A U.S. Navy destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz. Photos 2012
Photo: Jonathan Sunderman/US NAVY/AFP
A US Navy destroyer fired three warning shots in the direction of the Iranian boats approached at a dangerous distance to him in the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters has learned
The destroyer of naval forces of the United States such as Mahan made three warning shots in the direction of the four military boats belonging to the Iranian revolutionary guards, who approached at a dangerous distance in the Strait of Hormuz. About it reports Reuters , citing two sources in the armed forces of the United States.
According to sources, the destroyer had established radio contact with the boats, but they have not answered the requirement of the Americans to slow down. A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots, and a us helicopter had dropped a smoke grenade. The news Agency said that the boat approached the destroyer, accompanied by two other American ships, at a distance of 800 m.
In August, the Pentagon reportedthat for the first eight months of 2016 the number of dangerous approaches of the American and Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf increased by more than 50% compared to the same period of 2015.
For example, two incidents of dangerous rapprochement of the ships of the two countries occurred in late August. The state Department then stated that such incidents are “unnecessarily escalate the tension.” The Iranian defense Minister Hossein Dehgan said this, that the military ships of the country will continue to oppose any US Navy ships which are near the country’s territorial waters.
The Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian and Oman gulfs. North coast belongs to Iran, and South to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.