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Iranian Ships Charges US Vessel, Prompting Warning Shot

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Looking around the world today, it’s easy to see what side everyone would be on if the world broke out in another global conflict.

Sure, this sounds simplistic, but it’s rather obvious in its obtuseness.  The authoritarian regimes would undoubtedly line up shoulder to shoulder in an attempt to preserve their unjust and inhumane ideologies, while the democratic nations of the world would band together to finally bludgeon the autocrats once and for all.

And so, as the world inches closer to some sort of blowout confrontation, we are going to see a fair amount of provocations from the nastier regimes, such as what we witnessed in the Strait of Hormuz this week.

Iranian naval vessels challenged ships from the U.S. 5th Fleet sailing through the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, leading the U.S. to respond with warning flares.

Three Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels (IRGCN) approached a U.S. convoy comprised of the coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco and the fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County, which were conducting a routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command 5th Fleet said in a statement.

“One of the IRGCN vessels approached Sirocco head-on at a dangerously high speed and only altered course after the U.S. patrol coastal ship issued audible warning signals to avoid collision. The Iranian vessel also came within 50 yards of the U.S. Navy ship during the interaction, and Sirocco responded by deploying a warning flare,” the statement declared.

The incident lasted around an hour, but US ships were eventually able to complete their routine transit without any further escalation.

 

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