Iran continues to escalate the harassment of United States Navy warships. Nothing good can come from this approach. Now it was seven fast attack vessels causing the USS Firebolt (PC-10) to uncover her weapons. One patrol boat stopped directly in her path causing an encounter within 100 yards. Is this a rogue local commander or is Iran pushing the envelope.
As Written By Megan Eckstein and Sam LaGrone for USNI:
A U.S. Navy ship was harassed by seven Iranian vessels on Sunday and narrowly avoided colliding with one, the latest in a string of Persian Gulf incidents. [story continues below]
Seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast in-shore attack craft (FIAC) approached USSFirebolt (PC-10) while it was operating in international waters in the central Persian Gulf on Sept. 4, a defense official told USNI News.
Three of the FIACs maneuvered close to Firebolt, mirroring the ship’s course and speed at a distance of about 500 yards for about eight minutes before leaving. Another FIAC then sped towards Firebolt and stopped directly in front of the ship, causing the Firebolt crew to maneuver to avoid a collision. The U.S. ship and Iranian FIAC came within 100 yards of one another, the defense official said.
During the incident, the Firebolt crew attempted radio communication three times to understand the Iranians’ intentions, but the FIAC crews never responded. The FIACs’ crew-served weapons …
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