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Warning shots by a us ship, against a ship by iranian”

In January this year, a US navy ship fired warning shots at five Iranian ships when the vessel and two other USA ships were entering the Strait of Hormuz.

A US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGCN) vessel in the Persian Gulf today after it approached within 150 yards, a US defence official said.

That wasn't the case in January, when the Mahan fired warning shots after five Iranian vessels approached the destroyer and two other USA entering the Strait of Hormuz.

Last month, an Iranian military vessel trained a laser on an American helicopter that was accompanying three American military ships in the Strait of Hormuz.

A United States defence official said the boat came within 450ft (137m), and ignored radio calls and the ship's whistle. (AFP) In January, the USS Mahan destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels that approached at high speed in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian vessel is thought to have been part of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and is believed to have been armed, although the USA said the weapons were unmanned.

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The 179-foot USS Thunderbolt is a Cyclone-class patrol ship armed with two 25mm Mk-38 machine guns, two.50-caliber machine guns and two automatic grenade launchers. It said the Thunderbolt fired into the air "with the intention to provoke and create fear".

Of the incidents at sea past year, the worst involved Iranian forces capturing 10 USA sailors and holding them overnight.

Iran and the USA frequently have tense naval encounters in the Persian Gulf, almost all involving the Revolutionary Guard, a separate force from Iran's military that answers only to the country's supreme leader.

He said the US ship "had to act for the safety of the crew".

Iranian forces view the American presence in the Gulf as a provocation by itself.



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