You have to understand, big ships don’t stop on a dime and when an Iranian ship positioned directly in front of the USS Thunderbolt yesterday and after the Thunderbolt tried to make radio contact and blew its ships horn the Iranian ship kept its course. Thus it became a risky proposition as the US ship tried to turn and the Iranian ship continued to interfere.
Understandably, the US Navy is a bit more jumpy since the 2016 event of the US navy Sailors being taken hostage off a small recon boat in the same locale.
“Of the incidents at sea last year, the worst involved Iranian forces capturing 10 U.S. sailors and holding them overnight. It became a propaganda coup for Iran’s hard-liners, as Iranian state television repeatedly aired footage of the Americans on their knees, their hands on their heads”
Understandably, the US Navy is a bit more jumpy since the 2016 event of the US navy Sailors being taken hostage off a small recon boat in the same locale. Read more here
Every ship, like that of a an aircraft in international airspace, has the right to defend itself. Time for a C-Gar
A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under President Donald Trump. Iran’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation.