first published on July 25, 2017 by Will
The USS Thunderbolt, a US Navy patrol boat, fired warning shots off the bow of an Iranian naval vessel that came within dangerously close proximity in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday.
Coming within 150 yards, the Iranian patrol boat ignored flares and horn blasts, but tucked tail and ran after the shots were fired. The Thunderbolt had been partaking in an exercise at the time of the incident.
Tensions between Iran and the U.S. are high as President Trump threatened to renegotiate Obama’s nuclear deal as punishment for Iran’s recent test firing of ballistic missiles. The U.S. also shot down two Iranian armed drones over Syria last month.