The teams of the two U.S. ships”issued several warnings through bridge-to-bridge radio and loud-hailer devices,” but the Revolutionary Guard vessels”continued their near range maneuvers,” the Fifth Fleet said.

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots near three Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ships in the Persian Gulf following the vessels approached at close range and ignored repeated appeals to pull back, the Navy said Tuesday.

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It had been the 2nd tense encounter at sea in less than a month, after about a year of no such incidents, and it coincided with high-stakes negotiations between Iran and world powers over its nuclear program. The Iranian vessels operated at”an unnecessarily close range with unknown intention” and at one point came in 68 metres of U.S. ships, the statement said. U.S. Navy boat fires warning shots following Iranian ships come close