According to a Reuters report, a United States Navy Destroyer fired 3 warning shots at 4 Iranian attack vessels. The incident happened near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday after the four fast-attack Iranian vessels were closing in at high speed, completely disregarding the US Navy Destroyer’s repeated requests to slow down, according to US officials on Monday.
This unpleasant incident happens just days before President Elect Donald Trump’s official inauguration on January 20th. During his presidential campaign, The Donald vowed that in his administration, any enemy vessel harassing the US Navy in the Persian Gulf will be blown out of the water.
A Pentagon spokesman, Captain Jeff Davis said during a briefing that, let me quote:
“This was an unsafe and unprofessional interaction, and that is due to the fact that they were approaching at a high level of speed with weapons manned and disregarding repeated warnings,”
This is the latest dangerously close encounter between Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels and a US Navy ship. According to Reuters sources, the USS Mahan, the destroyer in question, managed to establish radio-communications with the Iranian attack boats, yet they did not respond to requests and they didn’t slow down before flares and finally warning shots were fired in their general direction.
USS Mahan was escorting 2 other vessels when the Iranian attack boats came within 800 meters/900 yards of the destroyer. During the same incident, a US Navy helicopter dropped a smoke float.
After Iran was involved in yet another shooting incident with the US Navy, Obama made what can be described as an 11th hour gift to Tehran’s leadership, i.e. he approved a huge shipment of (natural) uranium (116 metric tons), from Russia with love, to compensate Iran for exporting reactor coolant.
The deal was approved by Obama administration together with other governments which are seeking to keep Tehran committed to their nuclear pact.
As AP puts it:
“the uranium agreement comes at a sensitive time. With the incoming U.S. administration and many U.S. lawmakers already skeptical of how effective the nuclear deal is in keeping Iran’s nuclear program peaceful over the long term, they might view it as further evidence that Tehran is being given too many concessions.”
While Obama is appeasing Iran in every way imaginable, Trump is planning to boost the US Navy via a 5 billion increase in shipbuilding, the biggest since the end of the Cold War, in order to meet threats from Russia, China and, why not, Iran.