MANAMA, Bahrain (Nov. 20, 2022) Guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), pulls into Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 20. The Sullivans is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the Middle East region. (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Kevin Frus)
An Iranian patrol boat tried to temporarily blind US Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz by shining a spotlight toward the vessels and crossing within 150 yards of them on Monday night, US Central Command said in a statement.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps patrol boat acted in an “unsafe and unprofessional manner,” CENTCOM said, which violated international standards for safe maritime behavior.
The guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans and expeditionary sea base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller deescalated the situation by using audible warnings and non-lethal lasers, according to CENTCOM. The ships were transiting through international waters in the strategic waterway when the incident occurred.
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WNU Editor: Iranian patrol boats are small. The guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans and expeditionary sea base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller are huge warships. This story has the vibe of a mouse roaring at the lion, and the lion complaining.
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