Iranian Vessels Challenge U.S. Navy Ships

U.S. responds with warning flares. 

In the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, Iranian naval vessels challenged ships from the U.S. Fifth Fleet. The U.S. responded with warning flares. 

According to Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, the Fifth Fleet’s commander, three Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels approached an American convoy comprised of the coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco and the fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County, which were conducting a routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz. 

“One of the IRGCN vessels approach Sirocco head-on at a dangerously high speed and only altered course after the U.S. patrol coastal ship issued audible warning signals to avoid collision. The Iranian vessel also came within 50 yards of the U.S. Navy ship during the interaction, and Sirocco responded by deploying a warning flare,” the commander stated. 

He continued, “The full interaction among all vessels lasted one hour and ended when the IRGCN craft departed the area. U.S. Navy ships continued their transit without further incident.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Vice Admiral Cooper as he leads the Fifth Fleet.
  • For safety for U.S. naval personnel in the region of the Persian Gulf.
  • For wisdom for military leaders as they encounter aggressive actions from hostile nations.

Sources: CBS News, Washington Examiner, Fox News


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