WASHINGTON, (BM) – Eleven Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) speedboats on the eve of April 15 approached US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, carrying out “dangerous and provocative” maneuvers, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according the US Department of Defense statement.
According to the Pentagon, Iranian ships approached six US warships when they carried out “integration operations with army helicopters in international waters.”
At some point, the IRGC vessels passed 10 meters from one of the US Navy boats that accompanied the ship group. In response, the US side sent several warnings to the “intruder” over the radio. Iranian boats retreated in about an hour, the report said.
“The dangerous and provocative actions of the IRGC increased the risk of miscalculations and collisions and did not comply with the Convention on the International Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea,” the Pentagon said.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, answering a question in an evening interview with Fox News, if he had already discussed this incident with the Pentagon leadership, said: “We talked as a team. We evaluate how best to respond and how best to express our dissatisfaction with what happened.”
Recall that the naval coalition led by the United States on November 7, 2019 officially began its mission in the Strait of Hormuz (connects the Persian Gulf with the Arabian Sea). The first warships set off to patrol the waters of the Persian Gulf from a base in Bahrain.
The coalition, headquartered in Bahrain, where the U.S. 5th operational fleet is based, known as the International Maritime Safety Coalition (IMSC), was formed after a series of attacks last spring against oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.
The United States, as well as its European and Middle Eastern allies, blamed Iran for the attacks, which, in turn, categorically denied any involvement in these incidents.
The main goal of the IMSC coalition is to accompany merchant ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which about 20 percent of all oil supplied to the world market passes.
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