US Navy patrol boat fires warning shots near Iranian ship in Persian Gulf

Dubai: An American defense official says a US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots near an Iranian naval ship during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The incident happened on Tuesday and involved the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship involved in an exercise with American and other vessels in the Gulf.

The official says the Iranian naval vessel came within 137 meters of the Thunderbolt. The official says the Iranian vessel did not respond to radio calls, flares and warning sirens, forcing US sailors to fire the warning shots.

Iranian authorities did not immediately report the incident.

The American defense official spoke on condition of anonymity as the incident had yet to be made public.

Iran and the US frequently have tense naval encounters in the Persian Gulf.

Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017 20:04 PM

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