US military: Iranian navy aimed a laser at US helicopter over the Gulf

Israel National News reports: “Iranian naval forces repeatedly aimed a laser at an American military helicopter during a routine flight in international airspace over the Gulf, the US military said Thursday, according to the AFP news agency.

The helicopter — an AH-1Z Viper — is attached to a unit deployed on the USS Bataan amphibious assault ship, which was sent to the region as part of American efforts to deter seizures of commercial tanker ships by Tehran.

Iranian ‘vessels shone a laser multiple times at the aircraft while in flight’ on Wednesday, spokesman Commander Rick Chernitzer said in a statement on Thursday.

‘These are not the actions of a professional maritime force. This unsafe, unprofessional, and irresponsible behavior by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy risks US and partner nation lives and needs to cease immediately,’ Chernitzer added….”

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