Iranian Vessels Make “High Speed Intercept” of US Navy Ship
Four vessels belonging to the IRGC (Iranian Republican Guard) made a run at the USS Nitze in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. Two of the vessels came within 300 yards of the American ship, forcing it to change course.
Unsafe and unprofessional, violating International Law
Fox News reported,
The Navy official described the incident as “unsafe and unprofessional,” adding that the Iranian ships “created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation.”
The USS Nitze was accompanied by the guided missile destroyer USS Mason on what the official described as a “routine transit” in international waters at the time of the incident.
As the Iranian ships closed in, the official said the Nitze attempted to make radio contact 12 times with no response. As the Iranian ships continued their approach, the destroyer sounded five short blasts on its whistle, an international danger signal.
Ironically, just last month General Joseph Votel , CENTCOM, said that 90% of interactions between the US and Iran in the area were “safe.” But in recent weeks, Iran has done some exceedingly provocative things.
Make them move!