US Naval Forces Central Command released video of another close encounter between Iranian speedboats and US Navy ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz yesterday (June 20). In the video, one of the fast boats can be seen coming within 50 yards of one of the US vessels before veering sharply and as they come alongside, one of the three Iranians on board appears to be holding a video camera filming the incident.
Three fast coastal attack craft from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) were seen in the area around the US ships and approached the vessels. The United States reports that the interaction lasted an hour and ended when the Iranian ships left the area.
According to the US Navy, the Iranian vessels “operated in an unsafe and unprofessional manner”. A U.S. Navy spokesman said: “IRGCN’s actions did not meet international standards of professional or safe maritime behavior, increasing the risk of miscalculation and collision.”
The American ships involved in this latest incident between the navy and the Iranians were the coastal patrol boat USS Sirocco and the USNS expeditionary fast transport ship Choctaw County. The US Navy reports that it was on a routine transit through international waters when the Iranians approached.
“One of the IRGCN ships approached Sirocco abreast at dangerously high speed and only changed course after the US coastal patrol vessel sounded warning signals to avoid a collision. The Iranian ship also came within 50 meters of the US Navy vessel during the interaction, and the Sirocco responded by deploying a warning flare,” US Naval Forces Central Command said in its statement. communicated.
The incident follows a lull in these types of approaches, but Iran has a history of similar interactions with US ships in the region. In April, the US Navy released footage showing Iranian speedboats repeatedly approaching and cross the arc of two US Coast Guard vessels on patrol in the Persian Gulf. A year earlier, 11 Iranian attack craft carried out ‘dangerous and harassing’ operations close approach of six US military ships in the northern part of the Persian Gulf.