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US Navy Fires Warning Shots on 3 Iranian Vessels After Close Encounter

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From Epoch Times:
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday fired warning shots toward three patrol boats with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) in the north Persian Gulf after a close encounter with American vessels. The United States military said in a statement that the three IRGCN speed boats moved within 68 yards of the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Baranoff and the USS Firebolt, a U.S. Navy patrol ship, while in international water in the northern Gulf. Naval officials said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels approached the American vessels at “an unnecessarily close range with unknown intent.” “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,” the statement said. “The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the IRGCN vessels moved away to a safe distance from the U.S. vessels.” The U.S. Navy said “pre-planned responses” were used to de-escalate the …
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