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U.S. Navy has close encounter with Iranian ship

Oğuz TV: U.S. officials said an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ship came within about 3,000 feet of the USS Mahan destroyer in the Arabian Gulf.

The U.S. officials said the Iranian “fast-attack craft” had its weapons manned, to which the USS Mahan responded by manning its own weapons, sounding the danger signal, firing a flare and altering course to avoid the oncoming Iranian ship.

“Coming inbound at a high rate of speed like that and manning weapons, despite clear warnings from the ship, is obviously provocative behavior,” a U.S. official told.

The USS Mahan did not fire warning shots but attempted bridge-to-bridge communication, to which they did not receive a response from the Iranian vessel.

The U.S. Navy and Iran often have tense encounters in the Arabian Gulf. In early March, U.S. officials said fast-moving Iranian vessels forced a surveillance ship to change course in the Strait of Hormuz.

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