According to reports, Iranian vessels have approached American warships in what American officials call “harassing maneuvers risking dangerous escalation.
Last Tuesday, an Iranian ship made “provocative maneuvers around a U.S. destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz” and on Wednesday more Iranian vessels “came within several hundred meters of other American ships in the Persian Gulf…prompting the coastal patrol ship USS Squall to fire warning shots.”
From The Washington Post:
The Iranian ships that buzzed the Nitze ignored repeated radio, whistle and flare warnings from the Nitze and slowed their approach only when they were within 300 yards of the U.S. ship, Urban said.
He described the Iranian actions as “unsafe and unprofessional.”
A spokesman for the 5th fleet, William Urban, called this activity “a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation.
Is anyone else wondering what President Obama plans to do about this? Maybe he is working on getting the funds to pay Iran to leave the ships alone.