U.S. Navy Vessel Changes Course After Interaction With Iranian Vessel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
A U.S. Navy patrol craft USS Squall (PC 7) steams in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez/Handout via Reuters)
A U.S. Navy patrol craft USS Squall (PC 7) steams in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez/Handout via Reuters)

A vessel from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came within 100 yards of a U.S. Navy ship in the central Gulf on Sunday, two U.S. Defense Department officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Iranian vessel sailed directly in front of the USS Firebolt, a 174-foot coastal patrol vessel, forcing the U.S. ship to change course in a maneuver they described as “unsafe and unprofessional.”