The US Navy has accused Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) of “dangerous and provocative steps” in intercontinental waters in the Gulf.
Eleven IRGC Navy vessels consistently done “harassing” ways of 6 US Navy and Coast Guard ships on Wednesday, it claimed. One handed within just 10 yards (9m) of a Coastline Guard cutter.
The US vessels have been involved in a military physical exercise with US Army Apache attack helicopters.
There has been no term yet from Iran.
The incident came a working day just after armed men – believed to have been IRGC personnel – seized a Hong Kong-flagged tanker in the Gulf of Oman and redirected it into Iranian waters ahead of releasing it.
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The US Navy stated that during Wednesday’s training the IRGC vessels crossed the bows and sterns of the US vessels at “really near range and large speeds, such as several crossings of the [USS Lewis B] Puller with a 50 garden closest place of approach and within 10 yards of [USCGC] Maui’s bow.
“The US crews issued multiple warnings by way of bridge-to-bridge radio, five shorter blasts from the ships’ horns and prolonged-range acoustic noise maker equipment, but acquired no reaction from the IRGCN.”
“Just after close to a single hour, the IRGCN vessels responded to the bridge-to-bridge radio queries, then manoeuvred absent from the US ships and opened length amongst them,” it extra.
The US Navy mentioned these kinds of “harmful and provocative steps increased the risk of miscalculation and collision”, and were being not in accordance with worldwide maritime conventions or customs.
Last yr, Iranian forces seized a British-flagged tanker in retaliation for the seizure of an Iranian tanker by the British territory of Gibraltar. Both vessels were being eventually launched.
The US also accused Iran of carrying out assaults on six tankers in the Gulf of Oman and launching missiles and drones at two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Iran denied any involvement.
Tensions involving the US and Iran rose further in January, when the US killed a leading IRGC standard in a drone strike in Iraq. Iran responded by launching missiles at Iraqi army bases internet hosting US forces.