President Donald Trump revealed in a tweet on Wednesday(22) that he has granted the U.S. Navy permission to shoot down Iranian gunboats who harass U.S. ships.
“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” Trump tweeted.
The Iranian vessels came within 10 yards of USCGC Maui’s bow, and 50 yards from USS Lewis B. Puller. U.S. ships were forced to take action to avoid colliding with Iranian boats.
U.S. crews issued radio warnings, five blasts from ships’ horns, and sounded acoustic noise makers, but were ignored by Iranian crews.
After an hour, Iranian crews finally responded and turned away from the U.S. warships.
“The IRGCN’s dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision, were not in accordance with the internationally recognized Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) ‘rules of the road’ or internationally recognized maritime customs, and were not in accordance with the obligation under international law to act with due regard for the safety of other vessels in the area,” U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement.
The Iranian military acknowledged the close encounter with the U.S. Navy, but claimed the U.S. gave a false account of the incident.
“We advise Americans to follow international regulations and maritime protocols in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, and avoid any adventurism and false stories,” the IRGC said in a statement.
In an announcement appearing to be aimed at the U.S. Navy, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) paramilitary force said on Monday that it now has anti-ship missiles
Source:-American Militory News
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