Tension in the Strait of Hormuz: a U.S. vessel fired warning shots at Iranian ships

source: reuters.com

The Pentagon reported that the U.S. military acted after Persian vessels harassed seven Navy ships.

A US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian attack vessels that approached a U.S. submarine and its escort ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The Pentagon reported Monday.

In what was the second such incident in two weeks, 13 fast ships of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy approached seven U.S. vessels at high speed, escorting the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia.

When they were 137 meters away, one of the U.S. ships fired two rounds of 30 rounds until they drifted away, said John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman. After the Coast Guard's Maui cutter unleashed a second volley of warning shots, the Iranian ships fell back.

The American rear admiral said the Maui fired two rounds of warning shots with its 50-caliber machine gun: the first round when the Iranian vessels approached within 300 meters of the U.S. ships. The second was when they approached within 150 meters. 

Unfortunately, harassment of Revolutionary Guards is nothing new. This is something that all our commanding officers and crew on our ships are trained for. It's insecure. This is improper. It is the type of activity that can lead to someone being injured. It can lead to a true miscalculation there in the region, "added the U.S. official, who considered that the behavior of the Iranian flora" does not serve the interests of no one."

Asked whether U.S. ships are allowed to fire directly at Iranian ships and sink them, Kirby declined to describe his rules of engagement. However, he commented: They have a right to self-defense, and they know how to use it.

A Pentagon spokesman noted that the Iranian move took place in the Strait of Hormuz, where there is little room for ships to move. "It's an international waterway, and obviously, when you're in trouble, you have some limitations in your ability to maneuver, he said.

This is a shortfall in the region. So it doesn't matter that dangerous, unsafe and unprofessional treatment has taken place there.

A day earlier, the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey had intercepted an arms shipment aboard a dhow in the Arabian Sea headed for Yemen, where the Iranian regime supports the Houthi rebels.

In late April, three Iranian fast-attack boats fired warning shots as they came within 68 meters of two U.S. vessels in international waters off the northern Gulf, according to the U.S. Navy.

And in early April, four Revolutionary Guards, three high-speed attackers, and a large Hart 55 Catharman similarly approached two U.S. Coast Guard patrol vessels, ignoring warnings and crossing their command.

In that encounter, however, there were no shots fired by the U.S. Navy.

On April 26, a U.S. warship fired notice shots as Iranian Revolutionary Guards ships approached a patrol in the Persian Gulf. It was the first shot in almost four years. The Navy released black and white images of the clash in international waters, near Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, near the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) emerged in 1979 after the Islamic Revolution that deposed the Shah of Persia and established theocratic regime led by the Ayatollahs.

Also known as the Pasdaran ("Guardian" in Persian), this paramilitary force was thought to be a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, which was accused of protecting the government and the Islamic Republic because its traditional role of border security was opposed. Army. Navy and Air Force.

In 2019 it was included in the list of the terrorist group by the government of former President Donald Trump.

It is believed to currently have some 120,000 members assigned to land, naval, air units, and the Quds Force, its overseas operations division. In addition, it controls the Basij militias, which number another 90,000 members.

IRGC troops fought as paramilitary units in the Iran-Iraq war between 1980 and 1988, in the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990, and during the Israeli invasion of 2006. More recently, in the civil wars in Syria and Iraq.

Specifically, in the Syrian conflict that started in 2011, they have become one of the main allies of the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad and one reason it has not fallen.

His involvement as a sponsor of terrorism and his destabilizing role accused by the United States are related to the actions of the Quds Force, which precisely directs Iranian operations in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon, between other countries.

But beyond these activities, the IRGC is a complex organization that maintains social, economic, political, and military roles, controlling Iranian society through brutal repression and numerous human rights violations, and exporting the principles of the Islamic Revolution to the Foreign.