Iran harasses merchant ship in Strait of Hormuz Ship’s crew

US and British forces came to the aid of a merchant ship harassed by Iranian fast-attack boats in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday.

The incident highlights the ongoing tensions in the region.

The international-flagged merchant ship radioed a distress call at around 16:56 local time on 4 June. The civilian crew reported the presence of three fast attack vehicles with armed personnel who approached the ship at close range and followed it.

After receiving the distress call, the US Navy’s guided missile destroyer took off USS McFaul (DDG 74) and the British Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster (F229) mobilized. HMS Lancaster deployed a helicopter to monitor the situation while the US 5th Fleet assigned a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to monitor the scene.

The fast attack boats were found to belong to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy. The US Navy did not disclose the ship’s identity in this case.

The situation de-escalated about an hour after the distress call, when the ship confirmed that the fast attack ship had left the area. The ship continued its passage through the Strait of Hormuz without further incident.

The latest incident came as the US Department of Defense beefed up its defense forces in the Gulf region amid mounting Iranian attacks on merchant shipping. According to the US, Iran has harassed, attacked or interfered with the navigation rights of more than a dozen international-flagged merchant ships in the past two years

“The U.S. 5th Fleet remains vigilant and, together with partners, is strengthening defenses around the straits to enhance the safety and stability of maritime traffic in the region,” the Navy said in a statement.

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