US WARNING SHOTS FIRED NEAR IRANIAN VESSEL
A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel in the Gulf came within 150 yards) on Tuesday in the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office in January, a U.S. official told Reuters. The last major incident was earlier in January, though there have been instances when a U.S. vessel fired a flare as well as an event in March when a U.S. Navy ship was forced to change course after multiple fast-attack vessels from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard came too close. The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the patrol craft, named Thunderbolt, fired the warning shots after the Iranian vessel approached at high speed and ignored radio calls, flares and the ship’s whistle. The Thunderbolt was accompanied by several U.S. Coast Guard vessels.