Navy fires warning shots in 3rd close-call with Iranian ship in 2 days

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In a January, 2015 file photo, the patrol craft USS Squall steams in the Persian Gulf. Anthony R. Martinez/U.S. Navy
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In a January, 2015 file photo, the patrol craft USS Squall steams in the Persian Gulf. Anthony R. Martinez/U.S. Navy

Navy fires warning shots in 3rd close-call with Iranian ship in 2 days

by: Corey Dickstein | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 26, 2016
 WASHINGTON – A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots Wednesday to fend off Iranian fast boats’ harassing behavior in the northern Persian Gulf in a third incident of “unprofessional” Iranian actions near American warships in two days, a Pentagon spokesman said.
 
The USS Squall, a coastal patrol ship, fired the shots into the water after other standard methods to de-escalate the situation -- including firing warning flares and attempting to make radio contact -- failed, said Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary.
 
The USS Tempest, a Cyclone-class patrol ship, was also harassed in the same incident in which the Iranian boats sped to within about 200 yards of the American vessels.
 
It was one of three “unsafe and unprofessional” encounters Tuesday and Wednesday with Iranian ships in the region, Cook said.