The U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Mahan fired three ‘warning’ shots @ four Iranian fast-attack patrol vessels near the Strait of Hormuz.
The Revolutionary Guard Corps boats approached the USS Mahan, asking questions, but instead received rounds of live ammunition as an answer. The Iranian vessels came within 800 meters of the US destroyer, which was escorting two other warships in the Persian Gulf.
In January 2016, Iran arrested and detained 10 U.S. sailors who were trespassing in its territorial waters, but released the U.S. military servicemen in custody, after questioning them why they were ordered to enter Iranian territorial waters.
Most recently, in August 2016, another U.S. navy warship fired shots towards an Iranian patrol vessel that approached two U.S. combat ships in the Persian Gulf.
A U.S. official reported on Sunday that the warning shots fired were just one of seven interactions the USS Mahan has with Iranian patrol boats over the weekend, but the other were ‘judged’ safe.
The U.S. Navy has retreated all their aircraft carriers from the global warzones in order to upgrade their defense system which seems to have been compromised by enemy navies in the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea. The U.S. defense authorities could not say when the aircraft carriers could be deployed again.
Reuters / AA Magnum News 2017.