posted at 3:01 pm on September 6, 2016 by John Sexton
The USS Firebolt was forced to change course after being harassed by seven Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast-attack boats in the Persian Gulf Sunday. The Navy Times reports:
The IRGCN boats approached Firebolt in the middle of the Persian Gulf on Sunday. Three peeled off and shadowed the PC from about 500 yards away for about eight minutes before turning and leaving the area, said the official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the incident.
One of the remaining four FIACs in the area then turned and stopped directly in Firebolt’s path, forcing the ship to maneuver away to avoid a collision.
A defense official said there have been 31 such interactions with the Iranian navy so far this year.
“This is clearly a pattern, and it’s one we’re not happy about, and we’d like to see this sort of behavior stop,” Davis said.
The Pentagon has not released video of the incident this weekend but this video shows the USS Firebolt in action: