US navy destroyer fires shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels

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Norfolk, Va. (May 16, 2005) Ð The guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va., for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. As a Surface Strike Group (SSG), Mahan, USS Hawes (FFG 53) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57) will participate in regional exercises with allies, conduct diplomatic port calls and respond to any contingency including those associated with the ongoing war on terrorism. The SSG can operate independently or in conjunction with other maritime forces. It is designed to be a flexible group that will provide presence with a purpose and strike power to support joint and allied forces afloat and ashore. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Greg Roberts (RELEASED

A US navy destroyer fired three warning shots towards four of Iran ships on Sunday.

According to Reuters, USS Mahan fired warning flares and a US navy helicopter also dropped a smoke float before the warning shots were fired at four Iranian fast-attack vessels.

The Iranian vessels came within 900 yards of the Mahan, which was escorting two other US military ships.

The incident comes as Donald Trump is about to take office on 20 January. In September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harass the US navy in the Gulf would be “shot out of the water”.

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