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US Navy fire warning shots at Iran boat

USS John C. Stennis seen off the coast of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. Picture: AP

A US DEFENCE official said an American Navy patrol boat has fired warning shots near an Iranian naval ship during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.

The incident happened on Tuesday and involved the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship involved in an exercise with American and other vessels in the Gulf.

The official said the Iranian naval vessel came within 140 metres of the Thunderbolt. The official said the Iranian vessel did not respond to radio calls, flares and warning sirens, forcing US sailors to fire the warning shots.

Jarrod Sierocki

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf. Picture: ReutersSource:Reuters

The Navy fired warning shots into the water over concerns about the possibility of a collision, CNN reported.

The Iranian ship, reportedly operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, then ceased its provocative acti…

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