Iranian Vessels Make “High Speed Intercept” of US Navy Ship

 In Foreign, Military

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.

DDG94- the USS Nitze

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.

iranian vessels

Iranian vessels harass the USS Nitze. Screenshot via Fox News

Make them move!

A number of incidents with Iran have included rocket launches, and drones flying over US vessels. Then there was the capture of US sailors in January that has caused the Navy significant embarrassment, and damaged the US.
Diplomatic relations with Iran has cost the United States much in terms of the image of our nation. We’ve given them back not just $400 Million in what appeared to be a payment for ransom (a legal settlement, the govt says), but the US government released $1.3 Billion  to them in 13 outlays of $99,999,999.99 each just prior to the release of those prisoners in January.
So of course, Iran is emboldened…and rich again. They think if they harass us, they’ll get their way. In this incident, they did – the ship changed its course. If the USS Nitze had failed to change course, they would have  been the ones to move.
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