US Warship in the Strait of Hormuz in Need of “Safe Space”

Two days ago the USS destroyer Nitze was deeply triggered by a not nice, high speed approach of 4 smaller Iranian boats. Wounded by this deliberate provocation the Nitze fired 10 flares above the oncoming ships and pleaded with them by radio 12 times to stop it, just stop it.

Being in international waters, however, there was no university administration in the vicinity to provide counseling to the afflicted ship (which self-identifies as a “naval destroyer”) or offer a safe space where the Nitze could feel affirmed.

US Navy warships have been patrolling the Straits of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf unhindered since World War II. Until last year vessels from the gulf states kept proper distance in accordance to diplomatic protocols, which is typically 3000+ yards, or beyond standard firing range. But those days are over for Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei discovered in January he can board US ships, detain crews, and photograph them in surrender positions without repercussions; and now he’s learned he can run at Navy ships in international waters at “intercept speed” to within 250 yards, just for fun.

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The strait of Hormuz is the narrow inlet to the Persian Gulf where Iranian boats hurt the US destroyer’s feelings on Tuesday.

While President Obama’s administration mandates transgender sensitivity training, whines about “climate change” as the greatest threat facing civilization, and pressures women and girls to accept men into their private changing areas, he treats one of the most ruthless, hateful regimes in the middle east with kid gloves. He concludes a covert and highly illegal agreement with Iran to end sanctions and give them most of their money back, allows them to resume inspection-free nuclear weapons construction and ballistic missile testing, and even pays ransom money sent in unmarked cargo planes (though that last tidbit of info only leaked out in the last few days).

It’s no wonder Iran mocks us. They despise weakness and are determined to take advantage of it.

 

Four Iranian Boats Harass U.S. Navy Warship in Strait of Hormuz

by Madeleine Weast – Washington Free Beacon  *  24 August, 2016

A U.S. Navy warship was harassed by four Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, according to a top naval officer.

The American ship responded by sounding its whistle and fired flares into the air, the Associated Press reported.

A U.S. defense official says the Iranian boats approached the Nitze at high speed, in an unsafe manner. The official says the destroyer fired ten flares in the direction of the Iranian boats and sounded the ship’s whistle, but the boats ignored the warnings until they were within 300 yards of the U.S. ship.

The American ship, the guided missile destroyer USS Nitze, was in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz. The incident raises concerns about the increasing competition the U.S. is facing at sea, according to the chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson.

A Navy official confirmed that the four Iranian ships belonged to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Fox News reported. The official said that the Nitze, accompanied by the guided missile destroyer USS Mason, was making a “routine transit” in international waters when the Iranian boats arrived. The Nitze then tried to make radio contact 12 times and received no response before sounding its whistle.

The Navy official said the Iranian ships “created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation.”

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