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“WASHINGTON—A group of boats from Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps harassed two U.S. Coast Guard ships earlier this month in the Persian Gulf, Navy officials said, the first such incident in a year.
The incident occurred April 2, just as the U.S. and Iran announced they would conduct negotiations toward renewing the 2015 multilateral nuclear accord. Those talks began earlier this month in Vienna. The episode hasn’t been previously disclosed.
U.S. Navy officials confirmed that three fast-attack crafts and one ship known as Harth 55, a 180-foot, twin-hulled support vessel, swarmed the two Coast Guard ships while they were patrolling international waters in the southern portion of the Persian Gulf. …”
“WASHINGTON — A group of Iranian vessels from the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps harassed two U.S. Coast Guard ships over three hours in the Persian Gulf earlier this month, repeatedly crossing in front of the bows of the American ships at close range, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday,
It was the first such incident in a year and the encounter on April 2 came just as the U.S. and Iran had committed to starting negotiations on reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.
Three Iranian fast-attack boats and one larger ship, a 180-foot, twin-hulled vessel called the Harth 55, approached and swarmed the Coast Guard ships at close distances. The larger Iranian ship repeatedly crossed in front of the two Coast Guard vessels “at an unnecessarily close range,” coming within 70 yards, according to a statement from the Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. …”
The Coast Guard is patrolling the Persian Gulf!