U.S. Navy Fires Warning Flares After Iran’s Ships Come at ‘High Rate of Speed’ Top News

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U.S. Navy Fires Warning Flares After Iran’s Ships Come at ‘High Rate of Speed’ Top News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy and Iran are disputing whether an encounter Friday in the Persian Gulf between their naval vessels was safe or — as Iran’s state news agency described it — an “unprofessional” confrontation.

The U.S. Navy said Saturday that a naval helicopter noticed a group of Islamic Revolutionary Guard ships heading toward the USS Nimitz’s strike group “at a high rate of speed.” A carrier strike group typically consists of five to seven ships that deploy together. In this case, the aircraft carrier Nimitz was the lead ship.

“U.S. naval forces attempted to establish communications, with no response from the Iranian vessels,” the U.S. Navy said in a statement. “Shortly thereafter, at a safe distance, the U.S. helicopter deployed flares, after which the Iranian vessels halted their approach.”




Image: Iranian vessel steers close to the U.S. Navy coastal patrol craft USS Thunderbolt in the Gulf i

An Iranian vessel steers close to the U.S. Navy coastal patrol craft USS Thunderbolt (R) in the Gulf in a still image from video provided by the U.S. Navy July 25, 2017.