Iranian IRGCN ships chased US coast guard ships in the Persian Gulf earlier this month.
The US Navy has released photos and video of the incident.
At one point, a large Iranian ship crossed the bow of an American ship from “unnecessarily close space.”
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US Navy Video և Several photos show Iranian ships chasing US Coast Guard ships in the Persian Gulf earlier this month, the first such incident in almost a year.
On April 2, during a naval security operation in international waters, three rapid attack vessels of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s one larger base, the Harth 55, surrounded the US Coast Guard patrol vessels Wrangell ell Monomoy.
The U.S. Navy says that during the three-hour incident, the Harth 55 “several times crossed the arches of U.S. ships from an unnecessarily close distance”, falling for a moment 70 yards from US ships.
One “unsafe, unprofessional” approach, as described by the Navy, was captured in the video.
The U.S. Navy says a large Iranian ship is “aggressively closing in” with Wrangel, forcing him to maneuver to avoid a collision.
In addition to blowing up the horn five times, US ships were radio-electronic Iranian ships. Harth 55 responded to bridge-to-bridge communications, but did not change its behavior. Eventually, the IRGCN ships withdrew about three hours later.
The Navy said the IRGCN’s actions were considered “safe and unprofessional” because “their actions increase the risk of miscalculation.”
The two Coast Guard ships are assigned to the Patrol Force in Southwest Asia and operate under the 55th Working Group of the US Navy Central Command.
The incident earlier this month is the first such incident since April 15, 2020, which means it is the first tense meeting between US warships and Biden administration IRGCN vessels.
During the April 2020 incident, which lasted about an hour, the 11 IPC ships “carried out dangerous and disturbing approaches” to the US Coast Guard vessels operating in international waters. For a moment, one of the Iranian ships came to the 10 yards of one of the cutting mountains of the coast guard.
The US Navy described the meeting as not only “harmless, unprofessional” but also “dangerously provocative”.
In response to the aggressive behavior, then-President Donald Trump tweeted that he had ordered the US Navy to “destroy” Iranian guns, which “sea our ships.” He then doubled over at a White House press conference, claiming that R&D would “shoot them out of the water.” No such action took place.
These types of meetings with IRGCN were quite common at the time. In 2015, there were 23 “insecure, unprofessional” relationships with Iranian naval vessels. In 2016 – 35, and in 2017 – 14, reports AP.
Although malicious IRGC operations continued, attacks on US ships at sea ceased for a while in 2018, but have resumed since then.
The U.S. Navy said in a statement that “the U.S. Navy remains vigilant and prepared to act professionally.” The statement added that “commanding officers retain the inherent right to self-defense.”
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