President Donald Trump
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said of his instructions to US Navy about shooting down and destroying any of the Iranian gunboats that harass the American ships in the recent tense encounter of the Persian Gulf.
“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea”.
These encounters occurred last weeks when six of the US Navy warships were performing the drill with the Apache helicopters of US Army in the intentional waters off the coast of Iran on Wednesday. During these drills, these Navy warships were harassed repeatedly by 11 of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels. The news was reported by the 5th Fleet of the US navy.
Those Iranian ships crossed the US vessels from behind and front many times at high speeds and at an extremely close range. This includes multiple crossings to one US ship named Puller. One of the closest approach points for this ship was 50-yard while another named Maui was as close 10-yards to Iranian vessels.
The crew aboard the US vessels issued multiple warnings through the radio in response which includes 5 short blasts from the horns and also the long-grange acoustic noise maker devices. Despite these warnings, there was no response from the vessels of IRGCN.
After about 1 hour of this, the IRGCN vessels responded via radio queries before moving away from the path of US ships and then increasing their distance from them.
This incident occurred after one day of the incident where some Iranian gunmen boarded a tanker with the Hong Kong flag in Strait of Hormuz. They only left after realizing it was a Chinese vessel.
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Earlier in April, Trump also sent a clear warning to Iran that they know about Iran’s planning for a sneak attack on the US soldiers stationed in Iraq.
Trump tweeted at that time, “Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!”