US ship fires warn­ing shot

Townsville Bulletin - - WORLD -

A US Navy pa­trol boat fired warn­ing shots on Tues­day near an Ira­nian ves­sel that Amer­i­can sailors said came dan­ger­ously close to them dur­ing a tense en­counter in the Per­sian Gulf, the first such in­ci­dent to hap­pen un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Iran’s hard- line Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard later blamed the US ship for pro­vok­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

The en­counter in­volv­ing the USS Thun­der­bolt, a Cy­clone- class pa­trol ship based in Bahrain as part of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, is the lat­est con­fronta­tion be­tween Ira­nian ves­sels and Amer­i­can war­ships.

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