US Navy issues new guidelines after close Iran encounters
In this Wednesday, April 15, 2020, photo made available by U.S. Navy, Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels sail close to U.S. military ships in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait. A group of 11 Iranian naval vessels made "dangerous and harassing" maneuvers near U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait on Wednesday, in one case passing within 10 yards (meters) of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, U.S. officials said. Iranian officials did not immediately acknowledge the incident. (U.S. Navy via AP)
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Posted at 12:00 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated2020-05-20 12:00:21-04
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The U.S. Navy is warning it will take “lawful defensive measures” against vessels in the Mideast that come within 100 meters — or 100 yards — of its warships.
That new guidance Tuesday comes after a recent close encounter with Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf.
Defensive measures have typically included turning a ship away from the approaching vessel, sounding its horn, shooting off flares to ultimately firing warning shots to force the vessel away.
But offering a specific distance is new for the Navy.
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