A US Ship fired 3 warning shots at an Iranian Naser Class WAP vessel after it passed too close. IRCG Iranian vessels harassing US ships seems to be a common occurrence lately. One day after four Iranian vessels made run at the USS Nitze, they tried it again with three more US ships.
All of the US ships were operating in International Waters.
Playing chicken with the US Navy?
The Destroyer Stout and two coastal patrol ships, Tempest and Squall, were approached throughout the day by IRCG vessels in what the Navy terms an “unsafe” manner by running in front of them at a short distance.
According to the Military Times, the IRCG vessels came within 600 yards of Tempest on several occasions, as the Tempest sounded its whistle three times and tried to establish radio contact. No response. The closeness of the approach risked a collision.
Under an “agreement” the US and Iran have a way to establish radio communication between forces. Apparently they aren’t paying attention, and don’t care.
Use the gun!
But then Iran sent a different vessel:
“Later, the Tempest and Squall were harassed by a Naser-class WAP Iranian vessel that closed Tempest head-on to within 200 yards. This situation presented a drastically increased risk of collision, and the Iranian vessel refused to safely maneuver in accordance with internationally recognized maritime rules of the road, despite several request and warnings via radio, and visual and audible warnings from both U.S. ships…
Ultimately, Squall resorted to firing three warning shots from their .50-caliber gun, which caused the Iranian vessel to turn away.” 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban
Tempest fired 3 warning flares. But it was the Squall that finally used their ship’s .50 caliber gun to fire 3 warning shots. The Iranians would move away more often if the guns were fired more often, don’t you think?
Not willing to give up, later that same Naser Class WAP vessel harassed the Stout by approaching the bow at close range. The Stout moved away from the vessel and “employed devices to discourage the Iranian vessel from continuing their approach.”
Wonder what those “devices” were…