Iran's navy warns off U.S. warship in Sea of Oman

Iran's navy warns off U.S. warship in Sea of Oman

An Iranian warship warned an approaching U.S. vessel to turn away in the Persian Gulf, local media report.

The hard-line Tasnim news agency reported on September 10 that the US vessel turned away after the warning from a rocket-bearing Iranian military ship.

The agency did not specify when the incident, close to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, took place. "Forty-five miles (72 kilometers) into the sea, the vessel's engine started to malfunction, and its sailors informed the Iranian navy of the incident", the statement said.

Besides, a US navy official said that the USS Thunderbolt fired warning shots at an Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf, as it came within 150 yards (about 137 meters) in the northern end of the Persian Gulf. Upon receiving a request for assistance from troubled vessel, the 2nd Velayat Naval Region deployed Falakhen missile boat for rescue operations in order to prevent further injuries to the fishing ship.

"At no time was there any direct contact between the U.S. and Iranian maritime forces", U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) said. The Tempest offered to support the Nordic Voyager which declined the offer, NAVCENT said.

In July, US warships, including a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, fired several warning shots at Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf in what Tehran called a "provocative and unprofessional move".

Iran's naval patrols and USA warships have been engaged in a series of face-offs in the Persian Gulf in recent months, where Washington has accused Iranian vessels of "harassing" American warships.

In July, the Islamic Republic of Iran Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Navy said United States naval buildup and invasive maneuvers targeting Iranian interests in the waters had been triggered by "fear".

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly warned that any act of transgression into Iran's territorial waters would be met with an immediate and befitting response.



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