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March 6, 2017 11:49 pm

Official: Iranian Attack Vessels Forced USNS Invincible to Change Course in Strait of Hormuz

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An Iranian Navy vessel. Photo: Erfan Kouchari via Wikimedia Commons.

An Iranian Navy vessel. Photo: Erfan Kouchari via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org — Multiple Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast-attack vessels came close to a US Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz Saturday, forcing the ship to change direction, an American official said Monday.

According to the official, the Iranian boats came within 600 yards of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, Reuters reported. The Invincible was also being escorted by three ships from the British Royal Navy at the time.

The official said that the naval vessel attempted to contact the Iranian ships over radio, but there was no response, and the interaction was “unsafe and unprofessional.”

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke briefly Monday evening in a conversation that primarily focused on the Iranian threat.

According to a readout provided by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Israeli and American leaders spoke about Iran’s nuclear ambitious and its regional aggressiveness, as well as “about the need to work together to deal with these dangers.”

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