Tensions between the United States Navy and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard have once again spiked, resulting in the American Navy’s USS Mahan firing three warning shots and deploying a helicopter to intercept four fast-moving Iranian vessels closing with the destroyer and other U.S. ships on Sunday.
According to reports, the USS Mahan contacted the Iranian vessels by radio in the moments leading up to the incident, demanding that they stop or change course as they approached the U.S. naval vessels at a high rate of speed. After repeated warnings, the destroyer deployed a helicopter to drop a smoke float, or floating smoke grenade, and fired three warning shots from one of its onboard .50 caliber machine guns, at which point the Iranian vessels broke off pursuit. The Mahan also reportedly utilized flares, bells and whistles in an attempt to warn the Iranian vessels off of their approach.
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