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The Navy says a ship encountered a small Iranian high-speed boat in the central Persian Gulf and warned it away by firing a flare.
Two other similar Iranian boats in the area did not come as close.
The USS Typhoon tried unsuccessfully to establish radio contact with the Iranian boat after it came within an estimated 200 yards of the Typhoon on Thursday, outside Iranian territorial waters. A Navy official says the ship then fired the flare and continued on its way without incident.
The official says there were no signs any boat was armed.
It was at least the second encounter with an aggressive Iranian high- speed boat this year. In January, Iranian boats made what the Navy called provocative moves near a U.S. ship in the Strait of Hormuz.
Only a fool looking for an incident would approach any warship in this area of the world. The idiot should be glad he's not meeting virgins.
An apparently unarmed Iranian high-speed boat could be packed with explosives that you can't see until it is far too late.
These clowns are just looking for trouble.
Originally posted by hinky
Let's bottom line this and put anyone's love or hatred of the USA and it's current administration aside.
Iran's boats are approaching other warships. This is an act of war. These are international waters. These are not home ports for the Iranian Regatta Club. Only America's tolerance to fools is the only reason no Iranian has been killed.
This is only news because the the international news organizations love of the peace loving Iranians. NO, they have an agenda also. Anything to put the big bad American in a bad light is instantly published for all American haters to cheer about.
Forget the recon aspect of this. That is just an excuse for explaining an idiotic act. If you want to know anything about any capability of any NATO or Soviet warship, goggle it. You will find all the details you need.
As for the Iranian people, I love them as much an many other Mid-Eastern people. I do not like their choice of administration or their religion, but they do not have the luxury of voting them out or going to a different temple.
On a positive note, you're a fairly decent troll with the implied Iranian invasion of the USA. They would have to stand in line with Mexico.
Originally posted by hinky
Iran's boats are approaching other warships. This is an act of war.
In January two US destroyers were faced with a similar incident with Iranian gun boats sailing full speed toward the US ships not responding to communication efforts and changing course to maintain intercept. The CO's were given clearance to fire and those boats would have been sunk within moments but they stopped and turned away at the last second before they breeched the line of no return. Basically within 200M of the ship
Originally posted by Harlequin
'boats been sunk' - by what? do they have guided missiles now? since CIWS is useless and the deck gun is nearly as effective
An exclusive economic zone extends for 200 nautical miles (370 km) beyond the baselines of the territorial sea, thus it includes the territorial sea and its contiguous zone. A coastal nation has control of all economic resources within its exclusive economic zone, including fishing, mining, oil exploration, and any pollution of those resources. However, it cannot regulate or prohibit passage or loitering above, on, or under the surface of the sea, whether innocent or belligerent, within that portion of its exclusive economic zone beyond its territorial sea. Before 1982, coastal nations arbitrarily extended their territorial waters in an effort to control activities which are now regulated by the exclusive economic zone, such as offshore oil exploration or fishing rights (see Cod War). Indeed, the exclusive economic zone is still popularly, though erroneously, called a coastal nation's territorial waters.
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