US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel in Persian Gulf

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A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian boat on Wednesday amid rising tensions between the two navies in the Persian Gulf.

The USS Squall patrol ship fired three warning shots at the Iranian vessel just a day after video emerged of Iranian patrol boats reportedly harassing a U.S. destroyer in nearby waters, ABC News reported.

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel in international waters in the northern Persian Gulf on Wednesday.

The USS Squall and the USS Tempest patrol boats were sailing in formation with a Kuwaiti vessel on Wednesday when they were charged at high-speed by an Iranian Naser-class fast attack boat.

The USS Tempest fired three flares, but that didn’t stop the Iranian boat from coming within 180 meters of the U.S. ship.

The USS Squall then fired three warning shots at the Iranian boat, which sped away.

The incident followed a skirmish in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, which saw four Iranian boats intercept the USS Nitze destroyer.

U.S. defense officials called on Iran to behave responsibly at sea by acting in a safe and professional manner and by respecting international maritime law, Business Insider reported.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Map showing location of incident in northern Persian Gulf
2. Iranian ship approaches US Navy vessels at high speed, USS Tempest fires flare
3. Iranian boat comes within 180 meters of USS Tempest
4. USS Squall fires three warning shots at Iranian boat

VOICEOVER (in English):

“A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel in international waters in the northern Persian Gulf on Wednesday.”

“Two U.S. Navy ships were sailing in formation with a Kuwaiti vessel when they were charged at high-speed by an Iranian Naser-class fast attack boat.”

“The USS Tempest fired three flares but that didn’t stop the Iranian boat from coming within 180 meters of the U.S. ship.”

“The USS Squall then fired three warning shots at the Iranian boat, which sped away.”

SOURCES: ABC News, Business Insider

http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-navy-fires-warning-shots-iranian-boat/story?id=41653110
http://www.businessinsider.com/uss-squall-fired-shots-after-incident-iranian-navy-ship-2016-8