Iranian vessels reportedly blocked Royal Navy and United States ships in 'unsafe' move

Iranian vessels reportedly blocked Royal Navy and United States ships in 'unsafe' move”

The boats came within 600 yards of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, and stopped. The encounter forced the Invincible and three accompanying Royal Navy vessels to alter course. The incident was deemed "unsafe and unprofessional". The Saturday incident was also more worrying as it involved the elite Revolutionary Guard unit. She began her life as a sub-hunting ship, but she was refitted in 2000 with the Air Force's Cobra Gemini dual-band radar for tracking theater ballistic missiles. In January, a U.S.

The Strait of Hormuz is strategically important due to the amount of oil which passes through its waters. Navy destroyer fired multiple warning shots at Iranian patrol boats as they sped toward the destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz "with their weapons manned".

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"Well I don't know how much of a pattern it is, we actually had seen quite an improvement in Iran's behaviour until recently", Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.

Iran's navy routinely holds war games it says are aimed at improving its readiness against threats. The US ship was traveling north through the strait into the Persian Gulf.

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In February Iran tested medium-range ballistic missiles, which the U.S. said violated a UN Security Council resolution.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have increased since the election of Donald Trump, whose administration put Iran "on notice" over its recent ballistic missile tests. Trump came to office condemning the Obama administration for being what he characterized as weak on Iran, and he has vowed to be tougher.

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He added that attempts were made to communicate over radio, but there was no response and the interaction was "unsafe and unprofessional". The gulf separates Oman from southeastern Iran.

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