Pentagon officials made an announcement about unprofessional and dangerous actions of the crew of a warship of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
On November 26, US Navy SH-60 helicopter approached Iranian warships in the Strait of Hormuz. The distance to one of them was not more than 800 meters, while the other one was about 2 kilometers away. The crew of one of the Iranian warships aimed an anti-aircraft weapon at the US helicopter to stop it from approaching the Iranian vessels further.
The crew of the helicopter did not feel the danger, but decided to turn in the opposite direction, Reuters reports.
Pentagon officials did not expand on the "lack of professionalism" of the Iranian sailors. It would have been strange, if the crew of ship would have showed no reaction to the approaching US military helicopter. However, US officials believe that the incident in the Strait of Hormuz may have negative consequences for Iran.
In August of 2016, the Iranian military intercepted US missile destroyer Nitze in the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian speedboats approached the Nitze dangerously close, despite repeated warnings. Two boats neared the destroyer at a distance of 300 meters. The US destroyer launched ten flares for the Iranian boats and was forced to change course several times.
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