US Destroyer Fired Warning Shots At "Harassing" Iranian Fast-Attack Ship

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday, we reported that four Iranian ships carried out a "high speed intercept" of a US destroyer, the USS Nitze, in the Strait of Hormuz, an incident that the official dubbed "unsafe and unprofessional", cited by Reuters. The four vessels belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. Defense official said on Wednesday.

Moments ago, CNN reported that in a separate incident, A US Navy ship fired three warning shots after a "harassing" Iranian fast-attack craft approached and circled two U.S. Navy ships and a Kuwaiti vessel in the northern Gulf on Wednesday.  It said the U.S. ship fired the shots into the water after the Iranian ship did not leave after a brief radio conversation, according to U.S. officials.

The Iranian ship reportedly circled the U.S. ships, coming within 200 yards of the vessels, and would not leave the area. The U.S. Navy ships then fired several warning flares and attempted to make radio contact with the Iranian ship. After a brief radio exchange, the Iranians refused to leave, CNN reported, forcing the U.S. Navy ships to follow defensive maritime procedures and fire three warning shots at the Iranian vessel.

This is the second incident in two days: as noted above, the United States on Wednesday had reported another incident in which it said Iranian vessels harassed a U.S. warship near the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday.

CNN also provided more details on initial incident, reporting that according to a US official two of the Iranian vessels slowed and turned away only after coming within 300 yards of the US guided-missile destroyer "as it transited international waters near the Strait of Hormuz, and only after the destroyer had sent multiple visual and audio warnings."

USS Nitze

The Iranian vessels moved at high speed toward the Nitze, which was operating in accordance with international law in international waters and ignored maritime "rules of the road" as set out in the 1972 Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. According to the Navy official, the IRGC vessels ignored multiple warnings, creating a dangerous, harassing environment that could have pushed the Nitze to take defensive measures, escalating the situation.

The four IRGC vessels approached at high speed. After identifying them, the Nitze tried 12 times to make contact by radio without receiving a response, according to the Navy official. As two of the Iranian vessels continued to barrel toward the Nitze at high speed, the destroyer used an internationally recognized maritime danger signal three times.

That signal -- five short blasts of the ship's whistle -- is used when another vessel's intentions are not understood or its indicated course is dangerous. At the same time, the Nitze also used visual warnings, firing 10 flares in the direction of the approaching vessels. Again, the destroyer got no response, the official said.

Meanwhile, that is not how Iran saw the events, with its defense minister saying on Thursday that his country would confront any foreign vessel that enters its territorial waters.

Hossein Dehghan did not comment directly on Tuesday’s affair. Though he insinuated that the incident occurred inside Iranian territory, US officials have stated it took place in international waters.

“Naturally these boats constantly monitor the developments and foreign vessels’ movements and naturally this happens in the waters of our own country. If any foreign vessel enters our waters, we will give them a warning and if it is an act of aggression, we will confront them,” he said.

Apparently, even or maybe especially if the ships belong to the one nation that recently paid Iran hundreds of millions in ransom money to fund a hostage release.

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ghengis86's picture

What are the Iranians doing in their territorial waters?  Don't they know the US Navy is a "global farce for good"?

Imagine if the Chinks were firing waring shots at the Cajun Navy just outside of NOLA. 

cossack55's picture

I'm certain they fired pink paint rounds.

Looney's picture


Instead of firing warning shots, send them a few billion in unmarked Euros and Franks.   ;-)


Looney's picture

Speaking of Billions…

The Iranians must be laughing their asses off.

They just wanted their $1.7 billion back. This money, originally, was an advanced payment for some military hardware, right before the Shah was overthrown in 1979.

At first, we held the money waiting for our hostages to be freed.

The hostages WERE freed on January 20, 1981. As soon as President Reagan completed his 20-minute inaugural address after being sworn in, the 52 American hostages were released into U.S. custody.

The money, however, was never returned.

Now, during the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Iranians demanded their money back, and it was a deal-breaker.

As y’all remember, John Kerry was grilled by the Senate multiples times about the Deal and the hostages, but every time he said that “the release of the 4 US hostages was NOT a part of the Nuclear Deal”.

The Iranians, in my opinion, saved Kerry’s ass by offering to return the hostages, but only AFTER they get their $1.7 billion.

Today, they are pissing their robes laughing, while our retarded and corrupt MSM is digesting the “ransom”.


Ghost of Porky's picture

Kerry: "Stop harrassing our ships."

Mullah: "Shut up you little bitch!"


Stuck on Zero's picture

The three accompanying  Navy ships called: Maine, Alamo, and Tonkin?


knukles's picture

The crew woulda had a field day had they turned their CIWS on 'em.

"Hewwie ma!  Lookit all them little splashes!  H'ain't seen nuffin 'like dat since grampa shot his old 10 gauge into the frog pond on Hollerween after the hooch cooled and they'd drunk a bunch"

cheech_wizard's picture

Have to love the Phalanx CIWS - except when it does this...

Standard Disclaimer: I detect Internet scrubbing once again, and I am beginning to get pissed off about it... There is a story that a US naval ship was off Coney Island when it's Phalanx CIWS began to track the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster and actually dry-fired on it. (Luckily it wasn't loaded). Well, that's the story I heard and remember finding it once in what is now the bit rot of web pages washed up on the fetid shores of the Internet.

Volkodav's picture

Exactly...finally Looney explains fact

while others here show they MSM educated

sgt_doom's picture

By any chance do you know who John (Forbes, Winthrop, Dudley) Kerry's daughter is married to, and what his blood relationship is to the foreign minister of Iran?

Might be interesting to know this . . .

IAmNumberSix's picture

Trump would never make a shit deal like that. Typically when you make a deal you'd end up keeping the money in this situation. 

HopefulCynic's picture

And because of that shitty mentality, the US is despised world wide and is self destructing. 

jonjon831983's picture

$1.7BN in 1981 was a Shit ton of money.... wtf deal was going on back then?


Seems Iran got the short end of the stick. Paying back $1.7bn not inflation adjusted and without interest = Iran got screwed.


BLS calcultor


1 (1981) : $2.65 (2016)


Theoretically, the $1.7bn (1981) = $4,505,000,000 (2016). So they paid back $1.7bn with 2016 valued currency....???

sinbad2's picture

Your right, the Iranians are not going to be nice, until the US gives back the billions the US stole from them.

insanelysane's picture

The ship's commander's name is Oddball and he plans to trade ships and uniforms just for kicks.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Iran is sensing weakness and tests boundaries of what's acceptable nowadays. Having had extracted ransom from Obozo for 4 sailors and feeling weakness in Iraq, Syria and Yemen by US empire they try and assert their presence in Persian Gulf. Should've been expected. Trump's right, the deal with Iran was a DISASTER.

NumNutt's picture

What fishing boats out of NOLA do you know of that are manned by jihadi's with 50 calibur machine guns mounted on the front deck? If the US navy was not on-site everyone would be paying ransom to pass through those waters....asshat....

besnook's picture

since the chinese buy a lot of oil from the region why aren't chinese warships allowed to roam those waters for security reasons. the chinese are at a severe security disadvantage with only usa warships traveling those waters.

froze25's picture

Why would the Chinese do it when we will spend our money and resources to?

besnook's picture

because the zionazis could cut them off any time they want to. it's worth a coupla bucks to keep them honest. maybe the iran navy is their proxy.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

And why should I give a shit about that?

HopefulCynic's picture

You do honor your ZH handle/name. Congrats!

Hype Alert's picture

Distraction Du Jour.  Hillary's taking a beating in the news, time for "Squirrel!!"

ACES FULL's picture

USA desperately trying to court Iran,is enamored by her beautiful reserves. She,however,is playing very hard to get. She fell for USA in past and he screwed her over,she hasn't forgotten. Not to mention,she has many other suitors as well.

CrimsonAvenger's picture

And, where USA was once a handsome and virile young man, today he is an obese and filthy moralizer, deep in debt, with syphillis and god knows what else.

Libtard's picture

I dont know, I think they are thinking that they just made 400 mil off 4 sailors...looks to me like they are testing the fesability of hijacking one of our ships and demanding 400 billion next time.

Colonel Klink's picture

Sink those boats and I bet they'll think twice about sending more out.

besnook's picture

they have a coupla hundred all armed with high speed torpedoes. i think they are itching to sink a usa ship. who do you think would be harmed most by a shortage of filled oil barrels? even temporarily?

Colonel Klink's picture

Well then it's on like Donkey Kong.  Obunghole the Noble Piece Prize winnar has been supporting Iran and terrorists, while trying to hold off his Israeli masters who want total destruction of Iran, while still committing war crimes.

besnook's picture

china would be thrilled to do some population control by sending a coupla million soldiers into the fray under cover of the russian air force. beach front on the med is probably desirable for the chinese middle class.

Colonel Klink's picture

I can think of a small middle eastern nation that has some nice beach front property, it would be doing the ENTIRE world a favor by getting rid of them.

besnook's picture

it is a shame they are too arrogant to be soiling their drawers like they should be. it is really nice to see someone finally call them on their bullshit. they really fucked up this time.

HopefulCynic's picture

Well at least ou of all of tha he is doing two things that are not total stupidity, so he should just stop supporting terrorists and continue supporting Iran and holding off the Israelis

Payne's picture

Iranians want money for every time US enters terrotorial waters.  Almost impossible not to enter the 10 miles.

besnook's picture

the usa just declared war on syria and its allies, which includes iran, by establishing a unilateral no fly zone in syria. the iranians are just running torpedo drills and surveiling operations protocol by the usa navy. besides it is well established that any msm reports on these situations is bullshit first unless verified.

cro_maat's picture

Agreed. When I did navigation on a helicopter carrier during the cold war, we played cat and mouse with Soviet ships continuosly. They would send Bear Bombers over Nato airspace and we would chase them out. We would have had a beer wih them after if we could have shared the same base LOL.

What is interesting is that the MSM always reported any incident or operation from a narrative that had nothing to do with reality. If they hadn't named our battle group or operation code name then I would have thought that they were reporting on the board game Battleship.

Katos's picture

Absolutely true. I think Obama was seriously embarrassed by the ransom news coming out. So now he's trying to demonize Iran again, and maybe even bomb?

SpanishGoop's picture

"It said the U.S. ship fired the shots into the water after the Iranian ship did not leave.."

A shame that the Iranian ship did not fire three torpedoes but of course also into the water.


Vageling's picture

I doubt these little boats have those. The reason they were send to intercept. No let's sink some Iranian vessel. MOAR war! Domme idioot.

sinbad2's picture

It depends on the model some carry supercavitating torpedoes, but most come with anti ship missiles.

The Iranians have 13 different types of patrol boats, and about 180 in total.

I don't really know what class boats were involved in this incident, ignore the pics, the media just use any old pic, and photoshop an Iranian flag onto PT73.

Publicus's picture

Those are Iranian waters.

mc888's picture

You could see the warning shots on the video yesterday.

Wherever they were, you gotta be pretty dumb to take out a fishing boat to fuck with a destroyer.



wethecom's picture

I did not see any evedence to support that they were fast attack ships

video shows skiffs very far away with teloscopic lense

Ghost of Porky's picture

Quick! Send them another $1,000,000,000 in unmarked bills!

HopefulCynic's picture

Great!! Now because of you the Drug War will get worst. where do you think they get that cash? Quick send another 20 tons of weapons south the border , we can call it "Slow and Stupid" this time

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Aug 25, 2016 1:20 PM

This is awesome!!!  Let's get this party rolling!!! 


AllTimeWhys's picture

Obummer wouldn't confront the iranians if they were driving their little fast-ships up and down the National Mall reflecting pool

Sixdeuce062's picture

He would if they were in the way of his golf game

AllTimeWhys's picture

i dunno, if they were in the water that would be out of bounds, i don't think he'd be willing to sacrifice a stroke like that. Gotta keep the scorecard looking good.