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Pentagon: Iran Navy Flew Helicopter in ‘Unsafe’ Proximity to USS Essex

Voice of America News reports: “An Iranian Navy helicopter flew within 23 meters of U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship while it was traveling in the Gulf of Oman last week, according to the Pentagon.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters Monday the helicopter ‘operated in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,’ flying as low as 3 meters from the water’s surface and circling the USS Essex three times.

‘When you have another armed force, in this case the Iranian Navy, that flies like this, you definitely run the risk of some sort of escalation and a miscalculation,’ Kirby said…”

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