Archive for the ‘international waters’ Category

Persian Gulf Provocations: What To Do?

January 29, 2008

By James Lyons
The Washington Times
January 29, 2008

In the normal course of ships operating at sea, the recognized International Collision Regulations (COLREGS) of 1960 govern ship movements when encountering other ships.
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These rules apply to all vessels upon the high seas and all waters connected to the high seas and navigable by seagoing vessels.
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These rules that previously gained acceptance by all maritime nations were codified into standard regulations by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and adopted Oct. 20, 1972, and entered into force July 15, 1977.
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All signatory countries are obligated to abide….

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US Protests Iran’s Harassment of US Ships

January 10, 2008
By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The United States on Thursday lodged a formal diplomatic protest with Iran over an incident last weekend in which Iranian speedboats harassed U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.

This image released by the US Navy Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, and ...
This image released by the US Navy Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, and shot Sunday, Jan. 6 from the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, shows 2 small boats, alleged to be Iranian, purportedly racing near the wake of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf. The incident, which President George W. Bush denounced Tuesday as a ‘provocative act,’ was videotaped by a crew member on the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, one of the three ships that faced down five Iranian boats in a flare-up early Sunday.
(AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

The protest repeats U.S. complaints about Sunday’s “provocative” action in the Strait of Hormuz and was sent to the Iranian Foreign Ministry via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents U.S. interests in Iran, the State Department said.

“It reiterates the points that we have made publicly in the last few days,” deputy spokesman Tom Casey told reporters. “We certainly don’t want to see the Iranians taking any kind of provocative actions or provocative steps against our ships or against any ships that are transiting what is a primary international waterway.”

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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.
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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.