US Navy ship harassed by Iran… again

USS Firebolt
USS Firebolt

The Defense Department reports a U.S. Navy ship was harassed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ vessels.

On Sunday, the USS Firebolt – coastal patrol ship in the central Persian Gulf- was followed by seven vessels during an eight minute period. Defense Department officials say:

one of the Iranian vessels broke off and raced in front of Firebolt and “came to a stop directly in front of the ship” at a range of 100 yards.

The Iranian vessel in front of the Navy ship did not respond to the repeated efforts to make contact by the American ship. Fortunately, the Navy ship was able to avoid the Iranian vessel.

However, this is not the first time American ships face what the U.S. Navy has labeled “provocative harassment”:

There have been 31 “unsafe and unprofessional” interactions with Iran and the U.S. Navy. Each time, Iran was the aggressor Navy officials said.

In fact, last month, a U.S. Navy ship was forced to fire warning shots after an Iranian vessel approached quickly and at close range.

The fact that the Iranian military (and government) feel comfortable enough to persistently provoke our military is a monumental problem that only serves to highlight how weak the Obama Administration has left our nation in the eyes of others. Compounding that is the recent $400 million “ransom” we paid Iran to release hostages, and the nuclear concessions made to make a “deal” with a nation who openly vows “Death to America.” It’s embarrassing. And it puts our entire nation at risk.

At this point, how will our allies ever trust us again? What we are watching unfold is the decline of a former Super Power. And that’s a sad vision.

Read more at Fox News

Photo credit to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet

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