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US Navy fires warning shots in new tense encounter
with Iran: Details here
An American warship fired warning shots when vessels of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard came
too close to a patrol in the Persian Gulf, the US Navy said Wednesday
An American warship fired warning shots when vessels of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard came too close
to a patrol in the Persian Gulf, the US Navy said Wednesday.
The Navy released black-and-white footage of the encounter Monday night in international waters of the northern
reaches of the Persian Gulf. In it, lights can be seen in the distance and what appears to be a single gunshot can
be heard, with a tracer round racing across the top of the water.
Iran did not immediately acknowledge the incident.
The Navy said the USS Firebolt fired the warning shots after three fast-attack Guard vessels came within 68 yards
(62 meters) of it and the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Baranoff.
The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio and loud-hailer devices, but the (Guard)
vessels continued their close-range maneuvers, said Cmdr Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the Mideast-
based 5th Fleet.
The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the (Guard) vessels moved away to a safe distance from the
She called on the Guard to operate with due regard for the safety of all vessels as required by international law.
US naval forces continue to remain vigilant and are trained to act in a professional manner, while our commanding
officers retain the inherent right to act in self-defense, she said.