Iran Says US Navy Carrier Fired Warning Flares at Its Vessels in Persian Gulf

A US Navy aircraft carrier fired warning flares at Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said, marking the latest aggressive encounter between the two nations

The US carrier was “unprofessional and provocative” Friday, the IRGC navy said in a statement Saturday.

CNN has reached out to the US Navy for a response.

The USS Nimitz and a second American ship dispatched a helicopter near an oil and gas platform and approached Iranian ships, the IRGC navy said.

Iranian vessels ignored the warning flares, and the American ships later left the area, the Iranian navy added.

This is the latest in a series of encounters involving the two navies.

On Tuesday, a US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.

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SOURCE: CNN, Shirzad Bozorgmehr and Ryan Browne