A US Navy ship fired off warning shots toward a trio of Iranian military boats that came too close to American vessels in the Persian Gulf on Monday, authorities said.
The three speed boats operated by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy moved within 68 yards of the USS Firebolt and the US Coast Guard vessel Baranoff, the US Navy said on Tuesday.
American and Iranian warships had a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.US Navy via AP
At first, the Navy said, US crews sent multiple radio warnings to the Iranian boats, but they continued to move closer.
“The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the [Revolutionary Guard] vessels moved away to a safe distance from the US vessels,” the US Fifth Fleet said in a statement.
A US Navy ship fired off warning shots toward Iranian military boats.US Navy via AP
Monday marked the second time this month a US ship had to issue