Close Encounters of the Live-Fire Kind

By Faye Higbee

Close Encounters of the Live-Fire Kind

Iran conducted a live-fire rocket training exercise about 1,500 yards from the USS Harry S. Truman as it was transiting the Strait of Hormuz in international waters. The Revolutionary Guard gave the Aircraft Carrier just 23 minutes notice that it was firing the unguided rockets near them. U.S. authorities called it “provocative.”

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The USS Harry S. Truman- US Navy photo

Revolutionary Guard Naval “exercise”

The  Pentagon reported that the Revolutionary Guard conducted a live fire rocket “exercise” on Saturday. The USS Truman was accompanied by one American ship and one Coalition vessel in its passage through an “internationally recognized” maritime traffic lane.

Iranian rockets- unguided missiles- came within 1,500 yards of the U.S. warship off its starboard side. The rockets did NOT target the ship or any of the accompanying vessels, only came near them.

Not targeting the ships, but unsafe

NBC reported,

While the official said the Iranians were “clearly not” targeting ships, the action was “unnecessarily provocative and unsafe.”

There were no direct communications between U.S. and Iranian navies, the official said.

Coalition forces continued transiting without any further incident, the official said, adding that the Truman is now in the Gulf and launching aircraft in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Iran says that no vessel was in danger, and it warned all ships via Maritime radio channels that they were going to conduct the exercise. They gave a whopping 23 minutes notice.

Twenty-three minutes 

The USS Harry S. Truman, a Nimitz Class ship, weighs 97,000 tons and has a length of 1,092 feet. While it’s extremely fast for its size, it doesn’t exactly “turn on a dime.”

Iran placed a United States Aircraft Carrier and accompanying vessels  in danger to play its little war game.

“The IRGCN’s actions were highly provocative…Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional, and inconsistent with international maritime law.” Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet

Iran has done these dangerous stunts before. In the lifting of sanctions on them, are we opening ourselves up to more and more dangerous games? Do the people who chant “Death to America” realize that the day we get a stronger president may be the day they get pounded back into the sand dunes? Apparently not.


Watch as the USS Harry Truman goes through a series of high speed turns.