Iran, US Near Collision: Iranian Fast-attack Boats Provoked USS Firebolt

Iran, US Near Collision: Iranian Fast-attack Boats Provoked USS Firebolt
USS Firebolt Service Depicted: Navy Camera Operator: PO1 DAVID TILTON / Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

An encounter took place between seven fast-attack boats of Iran and the USS Firebolt this weekend.


A defense official reported that one of the Iranian craft came to a stop in front of the American ship.

According to CNN, the provocative stance occurred on Sunday. The maneuver brought the Iranian boat within 100 yards of the USS Firebolt. The act was evaluated by the U.S., which said that it was unsafe and unprofessional. It added that such a movement could have led to a collision.

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USS Firebolt is a coastal patrol ship that carries a crew of about 30. The incident took place on Sunday in the central Gulf. The fast-attack craft from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came within 100 yards of the U.S. patrol ship.

The ordeal was the fourth and the latest, after the previous extreme maneuvers, in less than a month. It is believed by U.S. officials that actions like these could lead to fatal mistakes.

Iran and the United States have been going through years of mutual animosity, which gradually eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran in January after a deal to curtail the country’s nuclear ambitions. However, there are serious differences that still loom over the country’s ballistic missile program and the conflicts inside Syria.

According to Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, the Iranian vessel came directly in front of the USS Firebolt. It forced the 53-meter USS Firebolt to change course, as reported by Reuters.

“In recent days, we have witnessed even more provocative activity by the IRGC and Navy vessels. That type of behavior is very concerning, and we hope to see Iran’s naval forces act in a more professional manner,” U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command, said.

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