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US military ship forced to change course after ‘harassment’ from Iranian vessel

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An American patrol ship had to change course in the Persian Gulf after an Iranian military vessel came within 100 yards (90 meters) and did not respond to attempts to contact it, US defense officials told Reuters.

The incident happened on September 4, according to the news agency, which cites two US Defense Department officials.

The USS Firebolt coastal patrol boat had to change course after a vessel of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard sailed directly into its path.

The American ship is reported to have tried to contact the Iranian vessel three times, yet received no response.

The behavior of the Iranian vessel was judged “unsafe and unprofessional due to lack of communications and the close-range harassing maneuvering,” one of the officials said, adding that uncovered and manned weapons were seen on the Iranian boat. – READ MORE

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