The US Navy said there were two near misses between Iranian and American ships in the Persian Gulf earlier this month, accusing Tehran’s ships of “unsafe and unprofessional” conduct in the waters.
Speaking Tuesday, Commander Rebecca Rebarich, a spokesman for the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet based in the Middle East, told the Associated Press that there had been two incidents of “Unsafe maneuvers” by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
In a video released by the United States Navy, the Iranian support ship Harth appears to cut in front of the United States Coast Guard (USCGC) “Monomoy” on April 2, causing the American ship to abruptly stop with its engines smoking. .
Short video of a 3-hour incident in the Persian Gulf on April 5 in which the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards military ship HARTH 55 / SHAHID NAZERI harassed the United States #It costs WRANGELL WPB1332 and MONOMOY WPB1326 protection cutters. The speed of the HARTH passing through the cutter’s bow is visible here pic.twitter.com/GcY6yGLtY4
– Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) April 27, 2021
Rebarich said USCGC “Wrangell” was also subjected to the same aggressive behavior.
“US crews issued multiple warnings via deck-to-deck radios, five short blasts from ships’ horns, and as the [Iranian] Harth 55 answered the bridge-to-bridge radio questions, they continued the dangerous maneuvers “, the spokesperson said.
He added that the Iranian ship finally pulled away from the US ships after about three hours of warnings, with the Americans carrying out further defensive maneuvers.
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Iran did not comment on the incident.
Rebarich described the meeting as the first “Unsafe and unprofessional” actions involving Iran since April 15, 2020. In previous years, the US Navy has experienced considerably more such alleged incidents, most notably 35 in 2016.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard sits under the control of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with the president serving as second-in-command.
Abrupt naval movements took place as negotiators in Vienna discussed the US and Iran’s return to the 2015 nuclear deal, which placed limits on the latter’s atomic ambitions. Relations between the two countries grew dramatically during President Donald Trump’s administration, with the US leader withdrawing America from the 2015 deal and subjecting Iran to crippling sanctions.
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