The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maui fired 30 warning shots at several Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fast in-shore attack craft (FIAC) on Monday. The Iranian boats were harassing six U.S. vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz. 

This was the second time in two weeks that a U.S. ship fired warning shots against Iranian vessels that were operating in an unsafe, aggressive manner.

The Iranian Vessels Had Their Guns Uncovered and Manned

Monday’s incident unfolded as 13 Iranian fast-attack boats maneuvered at high speed toward six Navy ships that were escorting the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia, which was traveling on the surface through the Strait. 

At one point, two of the Iranian boats broke away from the others and positioned themselves on the other side of the American formation. They sped up to 32 knots toward the U.S. ships in an aggressive and unsafe manner with their weapons uncovered and manned.