USS Firebolt fires warning shots at Iranian vessels in Persian Gulf

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ships of Iran's Revolutionary Guard came too close to the US sea patrol, reports say
10:14, 28 April 2021

USS Firebolt
Associated Press.

An American battleship, USS Firebolt fired warning shots as the vessels of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) approached their patrol in the Persian Gulf. The Associated Press reported that, citing US Navy Command.

“The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio and loud-hailer devices, but the (Guard) vessels continued their close range maneuvers. The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the (Guard) vessels moved away to a safe distance from the U.S. vessels”, said Commander Rebecca Rebarich, the spokeswoman for the US Navy 5th Fleet.

According to AP's story, "the Navy said the USS Firebolt fired the warning shots after three fast-attack Guard vessels came within 68 yards (62 meters) of it and the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Baranoff".

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The Iranian side has not commented on the incident yet. 

The spokeswoman for the US Navy 5th Fleet urged the IRGC to act within safety measures of maritime traffic, which is a demand of the international law. Rebaric added that the US Navy "continue to remain vigilant and are trained to act in a professional manner, while our commanding officers retain the inherent right to act in self-defense".

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