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June 24, 2022
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs announced Tuesday that three vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) interacted in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner" as U.S. Navy ships transited the Strait of Hormuz on June 20.

Patrol coastal ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) and expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2) were conducting a routine transit in international waters when three Iranian fast inshore attack craft approached, the U.S. Navy noted. One of the IRGCN vessels approached Sirocco head-on at a "dangerously high" speed and only altered course after the U.S. patrol coastal ship issued audible warning signals to avoid collision, according to the U.S. Navy, which added that the Iranian vessel came within 50 yards of the U.S. Navy ship during the interaction and that Sirocco responded by deploying a warning flare.

"The full interaction among all vessels lasted one hour and ended when the IRGCN craft departed the area. U.S. Navy ships continued their transit without further incident," the U.S. Navy stated.

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