WASHINGTON Jan 9 A U.S. Navy destroyer fired
three warning shots at four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps vessels on Sunday after they closed in at a high
rate of speed in the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. defense
officials told Reuters on Monday.
The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said
the USS Mahan established radio communication with the boats but
they did not respond to requests to slow down. The Navy
destroyer fired warning flares and a U.S. Navy helicopter also
dropped a smoke float. The Iranian vessels came within 900 yards
(800 meters) of the Mahan, which was escorting two other U.S.
ships, they said.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)