In an open act of harassment, a fast attack craft, belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps approached a U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship in the central Gulf Sunday, coming within 100 yards of the vessel.
A statement from U.S. Defense Department officials called the encounter between the Iranian ship and the USS Firebolt, “unsafe and unprofessional due to lack of communications and the close-range harassing maneuvering.”
According to the department officials, uncovered weapons manned by members of the crew were visible on the Iranian ships.
As the ship continued to approach the U.S. vessel, the Firebolt tried unsuccessfully to make radio contact.
After three attempts at communication with the Iranian ship, the Firebolt was forced to change its course.
According to one official, Iranian ships have been responsible for 31 such incidents of harassment this year alone.
“We don’t see this type of unsafe and unprofessional activity from any other nation,” the official said.
In August, Fox News reported a similar occurrence, which took place in the Strait of Hormuz.
An official with the U.S. Navy confirmed that four ships from the IRGC fleet “harassed” the American destroyer USS Nitze.
The official reported that during a “high-speed intercept,” two of the Iranian ships were able to come within 300 yards of the Nitze.
The USS Nitze, which was on a “routine transit” in international waters, was joined by the USS Mason, a guided missile destroyer, when the incident occurred.
One official described the action of the Iranian ships as “unsafe and unprofessional.”
He went on to say the incident “created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation.”
The USS Nitze made 12 unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the Iranian vessel after which the USS Mason sounded its whistle 5 times, but the Iranian ships continued to approach.
Just like the USS Firebolt, the Nitze was forced to change course. (For more from the author of “U.S. Ship Forced to Change Course After Being Harrassed by Iranian Vessels” please click HERE)