An Iranian ship came within 1,000 yards of a Navy destroyer in the Persian Gulf on Monday, making it the second time this year that Iran has tested the waters with the U.S.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard “fast attack craft” approached the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan with its weapons manned, according to a report published Tuesday evening.
Mahan turned on the danger signal, fired flares, manned its weapons and changed course to avoid colliding with the Iranian ship.
No warning shots were fired by either party.
About four months ago, an American destroyer was involved in a similar incident in the Strait of Hormuz and fired three warning shots after Iranian ships did not adhere to the warnings and continued to approach them.
“Such high-speed approaches and manning of the firing positions, despite warnings from the destroyer, are clearly provocative behavior,” one of the officials said of the Iranians. The Iranian ship did not fire warning shots.
According to the US military, Iranian ships were involved in 35 incidents of “unprofessional” behavior last year —a 50 percent leap from the previous year.