US Navy Fires Flare at Iran Vessel

US Navy Fires Flare at Iran Vessel US Navy Fires Flare at Iran Vessel

The US Navy said a guided-missile destroyer fired a flare toward an Iranian vessel in a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf. Lt. Ian McConnaughey of the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said the incident happened on Monday, AP reported. He claimed the Iranian boat came within 1,000 meters (yards) of the USS Mahan. The lieutenant said the Mahan "made several attempts to contact the Iranian vessel by bridge-to-bridge radio, issuing warning messages and twice sounding the internationally recognized danger signal of five short blasts with the ship's whistle, as well as deploying a flare to determine the Iranian vessel's intentions." The Iranian vessel later sailed away. Iranian authorities did not immediately report the incident on Wednesday. The US Navy and Iran routinely have tense encounters in the waters of the Persian Gulf, as the Islamic Republic has announce zero tolerance for any violation of its territorial waters.


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