- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In what the U.S. military called an “unnecessarily provocative” move, the Iranian military reportedly sent a ship less than a mile from a U.S. aircraft carrier and began conducting a live-fire exercise using unguided rockets.

According to the report on NBC News, which cited two unnamed U.S. military officials, the USS Harry S Truman was in international waters in the Straits of Hormuz last week when the Iranians began the exercise with little advance notice.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boats conducted the exercise near the end of the Strait — with the destroyer USS Buckley, a French warship, and commercial shipping also nearby — almost immediately after announcing it on maritime radio.

The military officials told NBC News that one of the Iranian attack craft got within 1,500 yards of the Truman — well within sight on the high seas — before it began firing its rockets.

Though the rockets were fired in another direction, and “clearly not” targeting Truman or the other warships, the US officials told NBC the the actions were still “unnecessarily provocative and unsafe.”



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