U.S. warship barely missed by Iranian rockets

Last week, a senior U.S. defense official said Iranian rockets passed within 1,500 yards of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said that Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval vessels fired “several unguided rockets,” giving only 23 minutes notice that a live-fire exercise would be carried out.

Cmdr. Raines also said the Iranian fleet’s actions were “highly provocative.”

“Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional and inconsistent with international maritime law,” Raines said.

In this Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, the USS Bulkeley destroyer and a French frigate, the FS Provence, and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the American military said Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class M. J. Lieberknecht/U.S. Navy via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, the USS Bulkeley destroyer and a French frigate, the FS Provence, and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the American military said Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class M. J. Lieberknecht/U.S. Navy via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The USS Harry S. Truman, the USS Bulkeley, French frigate FS Provence, as well as commercial sea traffic were in the region when the Iranian rockets were launched.

According to FOX News, a U.S. military official said that the Iranian ships approached the Truman and other vessels before announcing they were starting the live-fire exercise.

A few minutes after, the Iranians repeated the warning and launched the rockets. The ships then departed the area after the launches.

U.S. officials said that the rockets travelled away from the USS Harry Truman and other shipping traffic in the area.

The Iranian government could not be reached for comment.

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