IRAN: U.S. FIRED WARNING SHOTS NEAR ITS VESSELS
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Saturday that a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired a warning shot in an “unprofessional” confrontation with Iranian vessels, the official IRNA news agency reported.
IRNA quoted a statement from the Guard as saying the USS Nimitz and an accompanying ship came near an Iranian oil offshore platform in the Persian Gulf, and a helicopter from the ship hovered near Revolutionary Guard vessels.
The Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said one of its helicopters was on a routine patrol in international airspace. The aircraft saw several Guard vessels approaching American ships “at a high rate of speed” and sent out flares.
After communications were established, the U.S. saw the Iranians conduct a “gun exercise,” with the Iranians firing weapons into the water away from American ships, said Navy spokesman Lt. Ian M. McConnaughey.