“U.S. Sailors Fire Warning Shots to Ward Off Harassing Iranian Fast Boats in Persian Gulf” –USNI

Photo from the previous incident: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) Harth 55, left, conducted an unsafe and unprofessional action by crossing the bow of the Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Monomoy (WPB-1326) on April 2, 2021. US Navy Photo

The US Naval Institute News Service reports that in the second incident this month, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats again harassed US vessels in international waters in the Persian Gulf. (Earlier April 2nd incident reported here.)

At 8 p.m. local time on Monday, a trio of fast inshore attack craft belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) quickly approached Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship USS Firebolt (PC-10) and U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Baranoff (WPB-1318), coming within 70 yards of the U.S. vessels operating in international waters, according to a statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

“The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio and loud-hailer devices, but the IRGCN vessels continued their close-range maneuvers. The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the IRGCN vessels moved away to a safe distance from the U.S. vessels,” reads a Tuesday statement from U.S. 5th Fleet.

Unlike the earlier day light incident, this one happened in the early evening.

11 thoughts on ““U.S. Sailors Fire Warning Shots to Ward Off Harassing Iranian Fast Boats in Persian Gulf” –USNI

    • Yes they are. But I would also say for this sort of work the boat itself is too small.

      I would say something 250 to 300 tons with 30mm RWS for and aft.

      Consider the Japan Coastguard Tsurugi-class

      • The Tsurugi-class are similar in size to the Webber class WPCs. There advantage is higher speed. The Japanese vessels are armed with a single 20mm Gatling Gun. In some respects the 25mm is better, although the 30mm version would be better still.

    • All the recently built FRCs are getting the Mk38 mod3 with the coaxial 7.62mm. I don’t really think the Mk19 grenade launcher is an improvement over the .50 cal. The muzzle velocity is so low it makes it difficult to hit high speed targets.

      • I agree. There’s also the chance you can be hit by your own shrapnel if your round hits the water within 150ft or so of your vessel.

    • I wonder why what drives their decision for silly and over complicated platforms that for the most part are just decoys and faux?

      If I were them I would be building something simple and solid.

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