US Navy Tries to Hype ‘Dangerous’ Encounter With Iranian Boats

Boats were near one another for nearly an hour

The US Navy and Coast Guard were engaged in “operations” in the northern Persian Gulf, which is to say near Iranian territorial waters. This meant, inevitably, that Iran was monitoring what they were doing, and that the Navy viewed that monitoring as “dangerous and provocative actions.”

The US ships and helicopters are operating in the area, and the Navy released photos of much smaller Iranian boats coming nearby. The photos do not show the boats doing anything, but are captioned as “unsafe” by the Navy. The Navy claims in one case a boat was within 10 yards, but did not show such photos.

The Iranian government issued no statements related to the ships or boats, and seem to consider the matter to have been no big deal, just the usual tensions in the Gulf that happen so often.

That the US Navy is trying to blow this out of proportion represents the standard US reaction to anything they do near Iran being even sort of scrutinized, an excuse to ratchet up tensions at a time when the US and Iran have often been close to war.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.