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U.S. Warship Fired Warning Shot At IRGC Speed Boats

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U.S. Warship Fired Warning Shot At IRGC Speed Boats

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On April 27th, a US Navy warship fired warning shots at three small Iranian speedboats that came quite close to it and a Coast Guard cutter operating in international waters in the Persian Gulf.

An earlier incident on April 2nd marked the first time in more than a year that Iranian vessels have harassed American ships in the area.

The April 27 incident occurred as three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) speedboats approached the U.S. Navy patrol craft USS Firebolt and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Baranoff operating in the northern Persian Gulf.

The three Iranian boats rapidly approached the two American ships at what a U.S. Navy spokesperson called “an unnecessarily close range, with unknown intent” coming quite close to both ships.

“The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio and loud-hailer devices, but the IRGCN vessels continued their close range maneuvers,” said Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a spokesperson for the Navy’s 5th Fleet, which oversees U.S. Naval operations in the Middle East.

“The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots and the IRGCN vessels moved away to a safe distance from the U.S. vessels,” she added.

Rebarich said that the actions of the three Iranian boats “increased the risk of miscalculation and/or collision” and did not follow the maritime “rules of the road.”

The April 2nd and 27th incidents were of different categories.

“We do not assess this is a new trend,” Rebarich said of both incidents. “We assess every interaction based on the facts and circumstances.”

She noted that in the April 2 incident, the IRGCN catamaran Harth 55 conducted “aggressive, unsafe, harassing maneuvers against our ships” while the intent of the three Iranian speed boats on April 27th was “unclear”.

“The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio, five short blasts from the ships’ horns, and while the Harth 55 responded to the bridge-to-bridge radio queries, they continued the unsafe maneuvers.

After approximately three hours of the U.S. issuing warnings and conducting defensive maneuvers, the IRGCN vessels maneuvered away from the U.S. ships and opened the distance between them.

The IRGCN’s actions were deemed unsafe and unprofessional. Their actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision, were not in accordance with the internationally recognized Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) “rules of the road” or internationally recognized maritime customs, and were not in accordance with the obligation under international law to act with due regard for the safety of other vessels in the area.”

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54 comments

  1. Free man says:

    It is no coincidence that IRGC boats are harassing American ships at the same time that renewed negotiations are underway on the nuclear deal. Exactly what Zarif said they did in the past, to thwart the 2015 negotiations.

    1. testme2 says:

      IRGC was right in 2015, never trust an american, so they are probably right this time. Endless negotiation is a Israeli tactic.

      1. farbat says:

        i did mention many times before rouhani admin is a freemason administration and its the last attempt of the enemy to destroy iran from within and its amazing how zarif has no mek as fans its basically a 360 degree thing going on with the traitors

        1. Ewan says:

          Thats why Soleimani was taken out? – Soleimani as Pres means war with Israel? whaddya think

          1. Ahson says:

            Iranians won’t accept a military man in public office. Its bad mojo and politically incorrect.

          2. Not a fan of Israel says:

            It was a BIG mistake. Gave Iran the opportunity to hit two US bases and demonstrate their precision missile systems. The Yanks took note. Dumbo Israel didn’t. Now Pissrael is really in a pickle! Pmsl.

      2. farbat says:

        the next iranian system will be completely revolutionary even the army is now part of this and rouhani foolishly as he is tried a coup with the army he tried to destroy and the people he tried to hang decades ago

        1. Not a fan of Israel says:

          I suspect the Iranians have the respect of Russia and China, having independently developed defensive and offensive weaponsce systems that THEY would like to understand and have! THIS is the MAJOR takeaway from US sanctions!

      3. farbat says:

        there is still patience needed for the entire issue to play out the way it eventually will play out and after that you will see alot of the traitors fold in madness specially the slaveman or more like caveman kind

        1. Not a fan of Israel says:

          The Collapse should be ever so SLOW and humiliating for the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia. I give it 3-4 years of excruciatingly embarrassing public humiliation.

      4. farbat says:

        the last 40 years of the revolution was more directed towards the enemies plots on the region and strengthen the region against it but the next 40 years will be pretty much fixing iran killing usury killing deception and systems of deception killing the seperatists and terrorists etc pp

  2. Selbstdenker says:

    Well, it is named Persian Gulf, not USA Gulf. What did they expect?

    1. BMWA1 says:

      I’m sorry, but according to Tommy this is the Arabian NATO Gulf.

      1. Not a fan of Israel says:

        When I was on Bahrain, Sunnis called it the Arabian Gulf and Shia called it the Persian Gulf. You could often tell from the shop signs which of the two (Sunni or Shia) were running a particular business.

        And don’t forget, the Sunnis INVADED Bahrain in about the 17th century when it was ALL Shia. I walked through the poorer areas of Manama where the Shia lived. You would be hard pressed to get a vehicle down those streets at the time (motorbike, yes). Don’t know about now.

    2. Supreme Blyat says:

      Also there is an ocean called Indian.

      1. farbat says:

        yes it belongs to us

        1. Supreme Blyat says:

          Ok I will share it with you

          1. Not a fan of Israel says:

            Go ask the Iranians….see what they say.

          2. Supreme Blyat says:

            Hello? Iranians?

            They aren’t responding.

      2. farbat says:

        forget small diego garcia its going to have a miserable fate

        1. Supreme Blyat says:

          I wouldn’t hold my breathe for it :)

          1. Not a fan of Israel says:

            For the Iranians, it’s doable and the Yanks know it.

            There was a time during Obama’s Presidency where the Yanks tried to intimidate Iran. I watched Hillary very closely, she went really pale. I guess the US was privately read the Riot Act by ~stakeholders~ (probably by the Russians and the Chinese) and the imminent conflict evaporated overnight.

            It wasn’t long after that that the US moved it’s attention away from Iran to the Pacific and Myanmar.

            My preliminary conclusion: the Russians and the Chinese showed the Yanks some Intelligence data they weren’t aware of at the time.

          2. Supreme Blyat says:

            Any reptilians involved?

        2. Not a fan of Israel says:

          Definitely. In an all out war with the US that should be the FIRST PLACE carpet bombed, end to end, several times to be sure, along with the Qatar base.

      3. farbat says:

        the red sea will sooner or later be ours aswell its just a matter of time

        1. Supreme Blyat says:

          Red sea should belong to the red skins.

  3. BMWA1 says:

    What are Iranian boats doing In the Arabian NATO Gulf!?

    1. Lone Ranger says:

      Good one…

    2. Not a fan of Israel says:

      Yes, they should be in the Gulf of Mexico, shouldn’t they? LOL.

  4. johnny rotten says:

    The Iranians only wanted to advise the American coast guard who had lost himself, there is no American coast in the Persian Gulf.

    1. BMWA1 says:

      Iranian patrol boats are in danger of being rammed by incompetent steering…..C member the Indonesian cargo shie?

      1. Not a fan of Israel says:

        Won’t matter with the new unmanned Iranian versions.

        The Yanks will be forced to leave when the Chinese carrier killer fleet arrives for an Iran visit in the Gulf.

        Yankee GO HOME.

        1. Justin says:

          lol

    2. Bobby Twoshoes says:

      No “international waters” in the Persian Gulf either.

  5. Lone Ranger says:

    Coast Guard is a lil bit far from U.S. territory, arent they…

  6. Potato Man says:

    Coast Guard cutter operating in international waters in the Persian Gulf

    hmmm

    1. Not a fan of Israel says:

      This tells me the Yanks are short on ~assets~.

  7. Oliver Eitel says:

    what the US is that broken it sends now Coast Guard ships???

    1. Oliver Eitel says:

      yeah cheaper smaller, produces less CO²….but also less powerful………..the Iranians might have been scared to death by it………so impressive

      1. Not a fan of Israel says:

        LOL. I don’t think the unmanned Iranian speed boats will be scared. Pmsl.

  8. Tommy Jensen says:

    Small Internet sites as South Front and Iranian speedboats represents a geo-political malign influence on American interests on an unprecedented level not seen since we invaded Grenada.
    These incidents and attacks on our freedom must and cannot not be underestimated enough!

    1. Captain Freedom says:

      Those rogue nations should get the fu** outta the Freedom Gulf also known as the american middle east coast. (Just how its taught in exceptional geography lessonz)

    2. Robert Ferrin says:

      Lol only a fool would bring up Grenada what an embarrassment for the shiny light on the hill a full scale invasion which they of course screwed up to fight 600 mostly policemen.

      1. Tommy Jensen says:

        Its a matter of respect man. In the old days, when an American was a strong man, all the people they stepped back, when an American passed by.

        1. Not a fan of Israel says:

          It was actually due to the over-use of aftershave.

        2. Robert Ferrin says:

          hmm! You mean they held their nose don’t you, but those days are long gone like last years flowers as the empire burns and crashes..

    3. Not a fan of Israel says:

      Area Denial is a thang, Yanks. Get used ta it.

  9. Roy Sonman says:

    As an American in a US Tyranny occupied America, I hope China, Russian, and Iran send some of their navies to patrol and train in the Gulf of Mexico.

    “Flip the script,” as it’s said.

    1. Fog of War says:

      But they wont.

      1. Not a fan of Israel says:

        Really? The Russians have sent SIGINT gathering vessels off the US coast.

  10. farbat says:

    iran should seize one of these in fact if the americans are foolish enough to try this kind of thing than they pretty much give us a reason to seize it just as it happpened to the navy seals before but this time in a bigger dimension

  11. “coast guard”, but for which coast

  12. Not a fan of Israel says:

    Coast Guard? Geez, that tub is a long way from home! LOL.

  13. Not a fan of Israel says:

    Iran now has unmanned versions of those small attack boats. Let’s see if the US aim is any better than Israel’s.

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