USS Thunderbolt Fires Warning Shots to Stop Approaching Iranian Vessel



July 25, 2017

A U.S. Navy Cyclone-class patrol ship was forced to fire warning shots from its .50-caliber machine gun Tuesday when a boat belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy made an unsafe approach in the Arabian Gulf.

The USS Thunderbolt, a 174-foot patrol craft homeported in Bahrain, had been participating in a coalition exercise in international waters within the gulf when the Iranian vessel approached the Thunderbolt, a defense official told

The Iranian vessel did not respond when bridge-to-bridge communication was initiated by the U.S. crew, the official said.

As the vessel continued to approach, the Thunderbolt initiated a series of warning measures, included warning flares and then five short blasts of a whistle, an internationally recognized danger sign. Despite these efforts, the Iranian vessel continued to come inbound, the official said.


Ultimately, the vessel came within 150 yards of the Thunderbolt. The crew fired warning shots, which finally stopped the craft. (read more)


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* feature image: USS Thunderbolt PC-12 (US Navy photo)



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