A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 Iranian Navy vessels approached U.S. Navy ships in the Indian Ocean’s Strait of Hormuz.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after Iranian speedboats came within 140 meters of six U.S. warships that were escorting a submarine carrying guided missiles.
This is the second time in a month that U.S. warships have been forced to fire warning shots because of unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels, according to the Pentagon.
In April, a U.S. warship fired warning shots after three Iranian ships approached it and another patrol boat in the Persian Gulf.
The Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean, Iran to the north and the United Arab Emirates and Oman to the south. It is important for the global oil trade and for the transportation of liquefied natural gas.