Centcom: U.S. Ship Fires Warning Shots as Iranian Vessel Makes 'Unsafe' Approach

July 25, 2017


USS Thunderbolt Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Vessel 
The Iranian vessel was within 150 yards of U.S. coastal patrol ship that was in international waters during a coalition exercise in the Persian Gulf.


WASHINGTON, July 25, 2017 — A U.S. coastal patrol ship participating in a coalition exercise in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots today after warning an Iranian naval vessel that was conducting what U.S. Central Command officials called "an unsafe and unprofessional interaction" in international waters.


The Iranian vessel approached within 150 yards of the coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt and did not respond to repeated attempts to establish radio communications as it approached, Centcom officials said.








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