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US Navy Destroyer Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Vessels - Reports

© AP Photo / Ed BaileyUSS Mahan
USS Mahan - Sputnik International
The US Navy destroyer Mahan fired warning shots at four Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz that were closing in on it at a rapid pace, Fox News reported citing an unnamed US defense official.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) —  The ship warned the Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats to stop before firing warning flares and a smoke float on Sunday.

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The Mahan was escorting two US ships when the Iranian boats approached at a high rate of speed, according to officials.

The incident is the latest of several confrontations between US and Iranian vessels around the Persian Gulf.

In August, two Iranian naval patrol boats approached within 300 yards of the US destroyer Nitze while transiting the Strait of Hormuz, an incident the US Central Command deemed unsafe and unprofessional.

In November, US media reported that an Iranian vessel aimed weapons at a US Navy helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz.

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