US Rails at ‘Unsafe’ Iranian Speedboats for Being Near Warship

US Rails at ‘Unsafe’ Iranian Speedboats for Being Near Warship | Boats estimated to come about 300 yards away

US military officials are expressing outrage tonight after a video showed four Iranian military speedboats getting within visual range of the USS Nitze, a guided missile destroyer that was passing near the Iranian coast at the Strait of Hormuz.

While presenting the moves as “an interception” and “unsafe and unprofessional,” the video footage showed the speedboats barely visible in the distance, before zooming in to present them as somewhat larger, blurrier shapes in the distance.

While the US warship fired some flares up into the air and made some unspecific noises, the Iranian boats didn’t appear to react, and never interacted with the US ship in any way other than being close enough that someone was able to see them.

Despite calling the move “unsafe,” a go-to comment the US uses for other militaries more or less as a matter of course, there was no conceivable danger at that range, especially from the tiny speedboats. Indeed, speedboat safety guidelines in most countries advise them to remain at least 50 meters away from any ships, meaning the Iranians were a good six-fold the distance away to be nominally unsafe.

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  • Lua OS

    Oh how scared the Americans are… 🙂

    • Bastiat

      Not all Americans are scared of this, just the neocons.

      • TellTheTruth-2

        Exactly! The Ziocon war mongers need to make this a big deal for their edification, not ours.

        • TEAM IDA

          Look it’s obvious they’re not scared they’re strategic USA puts out this narrative so when it does have to blow one of those Iranian vessels out of the water it’ll have the pre text to legitimize their response.Simple as that.USA

          • TellTheTruth-2

            Seems that way .. as I recall Lyndon B. Johnson telling us their Gulf of Tonkin lies to kick start the war in Vietnam and murder 500,000 plus Americans and millions more in Vietnam. How many do they have to kill in Iran to satisfy their blood lust?

  • curmudgeonvt

    I find it interesting that the unnamed defense official neglected to indicate where the USS Nitze was exactly when they were approached by the Iranian gunboats. This unnamed defense official did say that the USS Nitze had to change course in order to distance itself from the Iranian vessels, though. So, was this change of course a defensive maneuver or was it to put itself back into the internationally accepted sea lane, where it should have been in the first place. Not that US naval ships have ever strayed out of bounds into Iranian coastal waters.

  • TellTheTruth-2

    How would the US feel if Iran had a threatening fleet of warships close to our shores in the Gulf of Mexico? In a previous war game the US Navy was defeated by hundreds of small attack boats. Why wouldn’t Iran “test” the response of what they consider to be hostile ships operating near their coast?

  • anonymous4u4me

    You poor little things you so called victims of the USA oh my gosh did you pee your pants? How do you like it when someone does not back down from your crap, you obviously don’t cause you whine like pussies. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Johnny Canuck

    Nobody was taken hostage and nothing was shut down. So what’s the big deal? Stay away from Iran is the message.