Reports circulated on Monday that the United States Navy and the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy protected a ship in the crucial Strait of Hormuz shortly after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seemed to harass the vessel.

San Diego, Calif. (March 9, 2004) – Sailors man the rails aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as the ship transits San Diego Bay upon return from deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Mark A. Mead via Wikimedia Commons

The US Navy said that three fast-attack Guard boats with uniformed crew members made a close approach to a commercial ship on Sunday afternoon. It provided black and white images from a US Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon passing nearby, proving the encounter. It showed three smaller vessels close to the commercial ship.

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Denies Presence of Foreign Ships Responding to Distress Call

In a Tasnim News article, IRGC Navy’s 1st Naval Zone in charge Abbas Qolamshahi said numerous media outlets had attempted to propagate false information in an effort to sow terror and defend the illegal and inadmissible presence of the extra-regional nations in the Persian Gulf.

Qolamshahi said the ship carrying the flag of the Marshall Islands made an emergency call at 4:15 p.m. local time on June 4. Their Navy made the call as it approached the Strait of Hormuz.

The ship immediately dialed Iran’s command and control center in the Hormuz Strait. He said the ship’s expressed its concern about the placement of non-military light boats next to it.

The chief recalled that the commerce ship’s skipper had expressed concern about being harassed after spotting three non-military light boats a few miles away.

The commerce vessel was in the neighboring state’s waters; therefore, the IRGC commander claimed that his men examined the situation there after consulting with and speaking to the neighboring state. The captain’s concerns were allayed, and after receiving assurances, he thanked the Iranian forces and continued on his journey.