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  1. Gezza

     /  July 30, 2017

    Iran and the US have accused each other’s naval forces of provocative maneuvers in the Gulf that culminated in a US helicopter firing warning flares at Iranian vessels.

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said in a statement carried by local media on Saturday that the USS Nimitz, accompanied by another US warship and a helicopter, on Friday afternoon behaved in an “unprofessional and provocative” way while “being monitored by the Guards’ frigates”. 

    The statement said the unprovoked incident took place near Iran’s Resalat oil and gas platform in the Gulf.

    The Guards “ignored the unconventional move by the US ships and continued their mission, after which the supercarrier and its warship left the area,” the statement added.

    Later on Saturday, the US Navy said in a statement its ships were on a routine patrol when an American helicopter “observed several Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps naval vessels approaching US naval forces at a high rate of speed”.

    “US naval forces attempted to establish communications, with no response from the Iranian vessels,” it added. “Shortly thereafter, at a safe distance, the US helicopter deployed flares, after which the Iranian vessels halted their approach.”

    The incident came after a US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots on Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter.

    “The Iranian vessel’s actions were not in accordance with the internationally recognised ‘rules of the road’ nor internationally recognised maritime customs, creating a risk for collision,” the US Navy said, referring to Tuesday’s incident.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/iran-navy-fires-warning-shots-iranian-vessels-170729133914657.html