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U.S. Navy Says Iran “Provoking” Action from Warships

January 7, 2008

Peace and Freedom has learned that three U.S. Navy ships were harassed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday.

The U.S. Navy said three of its warships were provoked and harassed in international waters by small craft from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Five small Iranian boats repeatedly “charged” the U.S. warships in the Gulf’s Hormuz Strait and dropped boxes in the water as the U.S. Navy ships approached.

The U.S. ships are the cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), the guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) and and the guided missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61).

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, The guided missile ...
The U.S. Navy Guided Missile Cruiser USS Port Royal
(CG 73).  Photo provided by the U.S. Navy.

The Iranian boats departed the area when the crews of the U.S. warships manned their guns.

Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman called it a “serious incident.” Another U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, called it “the most serious provocation of this sort that we’ve seen yet.”

The incident, if in international waters, would appear to be a violation of international law.

The United States is expected to protest the activity.