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US Navy issues new guidelines after close Iran encounters

United States Iran Navy
Posted at 12:00 PM, May 20, 2020

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.