The U.S. Navy stated that the previous day, “three Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy fast inshore attack craft failed to exercise due regard for the safety of other vessels… as they came into close proximity to U.S. naval vessels in international waters of the north Arabian Gulf”. The navy reported that “U.S. crews issued multiple warnings… but the IRGCN vessels continued their close range maneuvers. The crew of [USS] Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the IRGC vessels moved away to a safe distance”. It went on assert that “the IRGCN’s actions increased the risk of miscalculation and/or collision”, and underscored that “our commanding officers retain the inherent right to act in self-defence”.
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