VIDEO: USS Thunderbolt Fired Warning Shots at Iranian Patrol Boat to Protect U.S. Guided-Missile Cruiser Vella Gulf

A Cyclone-class patrol craft warded off an Iranian patrol boat that was approaching a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser on Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, a Navy official told USNI News.

USS Thunderbolt (PC-12) fired “multiple warning shots” after an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy Nassar-class patrol boat came within 150 yards of the patrol craft and one nautical mile of nearby cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72). The incident occurred at about 10:20 A.M. local time, or about 3:20 A.M. EST, according to video of the encounter obtained by USNI News.

“We are operating in the Northern Arabian Gulf,” said a watch stander on the cruiser.
“We have zero one IRGCN Nassar WOP one nautical mile off our stern bearing one eight zero degrees relative. [General Quarters] one has been set.”

Thunderbolt was operating with two Coast Guard cutters and a U.S. Army logistics vessel in a screen around Vella Gulf as part of a U.S.-only exercise when the formation was approached by the Iranian PC, the official said…. read more

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