The Pentagon reported an “unsafe and unprofessional” interaction involving an Iranian helicopter and the USS Essex on 11 November. A spokesperson asserted that “there was no impact ultimately to the Essex’s transit or its operations”, and went on to assert: “when you have another armed force - in this case, the Iranian navy - that flies like this, you definitely run the risk of some sort of escalation and a miscalculation on either side here, and that’s not helpful. This one ended peacefully, but it doesn’t mean it was safe and professional. It absolutely wasn’t”.
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