Three Iranian boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (elite units of the armed forces of Iran) were dangerously close (46 m) to the US Navy ships USS Sirocco and USNS Choctaw County. During the incident, the US vessel was forced to resort to signal fire, The Washington Post reported, citing its sources in the Pentagon.
Journalists reported that Iranian boats sped at “dangerously high” speeds past the patrol ship Sirocco and the fast transport ship Choctaw County. US Defense Department sources said the ships were in international waters in the Persian Gulf when the Iranian ships came close to Sirocco. They only veered off course when the Sirocco sounded a warning signal. The incident went on for an hour.
The actions of the Iranian military “did not meet international standards for professional and safe behavior at sea, which increased the risk of miscalculations and collisions,” said Colonel Joseph Bucino, spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM). It is the Buchino zone that includes, in particular, the Middle East, South and Central Asia.