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U.S. Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

U.S. Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

As a result Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels regularly follow U.S. Navy ships in the area, occasionally firing missiles or rockets nearby.

The Mahan attempted bridge-to-bridge communication with the Iranians but got no response.

NAVCENT assessed this interaction as unprofessional due to the Iranian vessel closing the distance to the USA ship in violation of the maritime "rules of the road", CENTCOM continued.

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer was involved in a tense confrontation with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

The Iranian ship did not come closer than 1000 yards and no warning shots were fired. The report also said the American crew fired flares and sounded sirens to warn off the Iranian crew. The Iranian ships' behavior was called "unsafe and unprofessional" by USA military officials at the time. "Coming inbound at a high rate of speed like that and manning weapons is obviously provocative behavior", said an American official.

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Since the nuclear deal with world powers, the hard-line Revolutionary Guard has stepped up its encounters with the Americans.

The Pentagon identified 35 similar incidents in the first half of 2016 along, up from a recorded 23 incidents in 2015. "With Monday's event, there have been seven so far in 2017".

The "guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) had an unprofessional interaction with an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessel while transiting the global waters of the Arabian Gulf, April 24", the Naval Forces Central Command spokesman said of the Monday encounter.

Of the incidents previous year, the worst involved Iranian forces capturing 10 United States sailors and holding them overnight.

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