Iranian ships come dangerously close to US destroyer in Persian Gulf
STRAIT OF HORMUZ (KUSI) — Four Iranian ships came dangerously close to a U.S. destroyer in the Persian Gulf Tuesday, and the Navy is not happy, deeming it “unsafe and unprofessional.”
According to a Navy official, the vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze, a guided-missile destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz and ignored twelve visual and three audio warnings, CNN reports. Whistle blasts, flares and radio contact were all ignored by the Iranian ships.
The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command is calling it a “high-speed intercept” and said the Revolutionary Guard Corps was violating international law and maritime standards, according to CNN, going as far to say that the Iranian vessels were creating a “harassing environment” which could have escalated the situation.
The USS Nitze and the USS Mason were in the Strait of Hormuz conducting a routine transit, according to the Navy official.