IRGC Boats Monitor US Warship

IRGC Boats Monitor US WarshipIRGC Boats Monitor US Warship

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps on Monday dispatched five vessels to monitor a US warship hosting one of America’s top generals on a day trip through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, coming as close as 500 yards. For Army General Joseph Votel, who oversees all American military forces in the Middle East, the approaches were a safe though worrying reminder of how little time American forces have to react to such moves, Reuters reported. The five Iranian vessels consisted of four speedboats, three with mounted machine guns, as well as a guided-missile patrol ship. “As you’ve seen in a relatively compressed space here, there is great opportunity for miscalculations,” Votel, the head of the US military’s Central Command, told reporters on the bridge of the USS New Orleans. One of the four speedboats that approached the New Orleans and its escort, a Navy-guided missile destroyer, the USS Stout, cut its engines and watched as the US warships passed. An hour earlier, a larger Iranian guided-missile patrol craft came by.