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Three Iranian vessels buzz US ships in the Gulf

Israel National News reports: “The United States and Iran had their latest near miss Monday, after three vessels controlled by Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps buzzed two American ships at what the US military called ‘dangerously high speed’, The Washington Post reported.

The USS Sirocco, a Cyclone-class patrol ship, and the USNS Choctaw County, a fast transport vessel, were in routine transit through international waters in the Persian Gulf when three Iranian boats designed for fast attack approached the Sirocco head on, said a US military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the encounter.

The official added that the Iranian ships diverted only after the Sirocco issued an audible warning signal. The Iranian boats also came within 50 yards of the Choctaw County, prompting the Sirocco to deploy a warning flare.

The Iranian navy’s actions ‘did not meet the international standards of professional or safe maritime behavior, increasing the risk of miscalculation and collision,’ said Col. Joseph Buccino, spokesman for U.S. Central Command.

‘CENTCOM forces will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere in the area of responsibility international law allows while promoting regional stability,’ he added…”

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