Four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official claim on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, claim two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional."
"The Iranian high rate of closure...created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation including additional defensive measures by Nitze," the official said.
In January, 10 U.S. sailors, who were aboard two patrol craft, were detained by the IRGC when they inadvertently entered Iranian territorial waters. They were released the next day after being held for about 15 hours.