Iran Guards report new incident with US Navy in Gulf

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that the US Navy had approached their patrol vessels in the Gulf and fired flares in what it called a provocative move.

This video grab still image obtained on July 25, 2017, courtesy of the US Navy, shows an Iranian Revolutionary Guards boat heading towards the USS Thunderbolt in the Gulf
This video grab still image obtained on July 25, 2017, courtesy of the US Navy, shows an Iranian Revolutionary Guards boat heading towards the USS Thunderbolt in the Gulf (US NAVY/AFP)

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that the US Navy had approached their patrol vessels in the Gulf and fired flares in what it called a provocative move.

"At 4 pm (1130 GMT) on Friday, the supercarrier USS Nimitz and its accompanying warship, while being monitored by the Guards' frigates, flew a helicopter near the Resalat oil and gas platform and approached the force's ships," the Guards said.

On Tuesday, a US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots at a Guards boat in the Gulf as it closed in on the American vessel, US officials said.