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Pentagon Says U.S. Navy Ships Harassed; Iran plays down Gulf incident

January 7, 2008
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press
1818 GMT
January 7, 2008


TEHRAN, Iran – Iran‘s Foreign Ministry said Monday that a confrontation between Iranian boats and U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf over the weekend was “something normal” and was resolved. It suggested the Iranian boats had not recognized the U.S. vessels.

The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and the USNS Arctic ...
The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and the USNS Arctic sailing side-by-side in the Gulf. Pentagon officials have said that Iranian speedboats harassed three US navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, radioing a threat to blow them up and prompting a stiff US warning ahead of President George W. Bush’s trip to the Mideast. (AFP/US NAVY/Kenneth R. Hendrix)

The Pentagon said that in the incident early Sunday, five small Iranian boats repeatedly “charged” U.S. warships in the Gulf’s Hormuz Strait and dropped boxes in the water. The boats warned the U.S. ships that they would set up “explosions,” a U.S. Defense Department official said.

The U.S. craft were on the verge of opening fire when the Iranian boats fled….Read the rest:;_ylt=

Peace and Freedom learned that the ships in the incident with Iran are the USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS Ingraham (FFG 61).

First Report: Iran Active in Strait of Hormuz 
By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – In what is being called a serious provocation, Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Monday.

Iranian helicopters and warships take part in maneuvers in the ...
In an undated photo, Iran conducts traing with ships and aircraft near the Strait of Hormuz. (AFP)

U.S. forces were on the verge of firing on the Iranian boats in the early Sunday incident, when the boats ended the incident and turned and moved away, said a Pentagon official.

“It is the most serious provocation of this sort that we’ve seen yet,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because….

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