US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian ship

The United States Navy has reportedly fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel.

The US Navy patrol boat the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship involved in an exercise in the Persian Gulf, reportedly shot the warnings during a tense encounter with the Iranian ship. A US official said that the Iranian naval vessel came within 150 yards (137 meters) of the Thunderbolt. The Iranian vessel reportedly didn’t respond to radio calls, flares, or warning sirens. That forced the sailors aboard the US ship to use weapons to send their signal.