Iranian Military Vessels ‘Attacked’ US Destroyer near Strait of Hormuz

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According to sources in the US defense department, four Iranian military vessels intercepted the Nitze US guided missile destroyer near the Strait of Hormuz on August 23.

Iranian Military Vessels ‘Attacked’ US Destroyer near Strait of Hormuz

Photo: US Navy

Two Iranian military vessels of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) came within less than 275 meters to the Nitze US destroyer near the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters reported, citing a source in the US defense department.

The incident occurred on Tuesday. According to the source, Iranian vessels were approaching at high speed that he considered as an “unsafe and unprofessional” action.

“These sorts of unsafe and unprofessional actions can lead to escalation and miscalculation, which may necessitate additional defensive measures,” the Stars and Stripes newspaper quoted the words of Cmdr. Bill Urban, public affairs officer for US Naval Forces Central Command. “Commanding officers have an inherent obligation for self defense.”

As the source told the agency, in total, four Iranian boats approached to the US destroyer.

The Nitze allegedly tried to establish a radio contact with Iranian vessels, but did not receive any response. Then crewmembers used a ship’s whistle in order to show that the ship is unclear about another vessel’s intentions. After this, ten flares were fired by the destroyer toward the Iranian vessels, but again American seamen received no response.

Reportedly, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Forces made the Nitze to change its course in order to avoid a potential collision. After coming within 275 meters of the destroyer, the Iranian vessels left.

Earlier, it was reported about increase of frequency of incidents involving the US Navy and the Iranian Navy. So, in late December – early January, 10 American seamen were detained in Iranian territorial waters due to breakage of one of their two vessels.

Shortly before, the US Navy released a video, showing Iranian military vessels, launching several missiles in dangerous proximity to US aircraft carrier.

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  • Tom Johnson

    The Iranians forgot their suicide belts and had to turn back.

    • ASA

      no, the brown in the us-trousers smells too strong for the iranians

      • medicis

        I believe the US soldiers figured out that they were patsies and decided to have none of it…. The US is the satanic hegemon… didn’t like using those terms but unfortunately, they are true…. The hegemon attempts to rule but it is losing its steam.. its motivation… it’s delusion of grandeur… Time for the UNITED STATES, INC. in the District of Criminals to call it quits… We are getting ‘on’ to their scams.