Trump orders Navy to ‘destroy’ Iranian gunboats harassing US ships
President Trump said he or she authorized the US Navy to âdestroyâ any Iranian gunboats should they hound American vessels.
âI have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,â the president said in a good tweet on Wednesday, without offering look at.
The post happens weekly after 11 Iranian gunboats harassed US Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Persian Gulf, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Navy named Iranâs maneuvers âdangerous and provocative.â
The ships, part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps navy, approached inside of 10 yards of the Coast Guard Cutter Maui, the statement said, citing the US Navy.
The US ships answered by sending warnings through bridge-to-bridge radio and blasting horns.
After an hour, the Iranian boats backed off and âopened distance between them.â
The US ships had also been conducting military exercises in that will section of the Persian Gulf.
Tensions have been upon edge in the Persian Gulf region since last year right after Iran attacked a Saudi petrol installation, shot down a US surveillance drone, and boarded many international ships.