US, British vessels change course after fast approach from Iranian boats

Nick Mcbride
March 18, 2017

The Iranian boats, which are said to be part of the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps., were within 600 yards of the USNS Invincible when the us ship changed its course.

Three ships from the Royal British Navy were reportedly accompanying the Invincible when the incidents took place.

"It is not safe to do something like that", the Navy official said.

This marked the second time in three days that the Invincible was approached by Revolutionary Guard boats.

There have been several such incidents in the Strait of Hormuz in recent months.

USNS Invincible is a tracking ship fitted with sonar to track submarines and radar to monitor missile tests.

Hashemi denounced the United States navy ship's move as "illegitimate", adding that the presence of American and British vessels in the Persian Gulf "endangers the security of this strategic region, which provides a huge portion of the world's energy". The second missile was sacked a day later and successfully hit a floating barge located 155 miles away. The launch of the short-range ballistic missile, the Fateh-110, was the first testsof the missile in two years, an official said.

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A fifth missile was attempted but it failed to launch. The gulf separates Oman from southeastern Iran. The other missed its target.

The swift sanctions were widely seen as a warning to Iran that the new administration would not accept any further missile tests.

Davis said that risky interactions were a matter of concern because they could lead to a "miscalculation or an accidental provocation".

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have increased since the election of Donald Trump, whose administration put Iran "on notice" over its recent ballistic missile tests.

Iran was among the nine countries on the original travel ban list, which caused the country to stop letting in Americans.

While still a US presidential candidate in September, Donald Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the US Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water".

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