Saturday, April 12, 2008
U.S. Navy officials say a U.S. ship encountered three small Iranian speed boats in the Persian Gulf. The officials said Friday the USS Typhoon was in the central Gulf when at least one of three high-speed boats approached the ship. The officials said the boats kept their distance after the Navy ship fired a warning flare.
USS Typhoon (PC-5)It is unclear whether the speed boats were armed. Iranian arabic television Al-Alam reports the Iranian navy denies the incident. The U.S. Defense Department has said there were three confrontations between the U.S. Navy and Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf from December to January. One ended after a U.S. ship fired warning shots to deter the Iranian vessel.