Pentagon: Iran helicopter “circled” close to U.S. warship

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday that an Iranian military helicopter “circled” close to a US Navy warship three times in the Gulf of Oman “in an unsafe and unprofessional manner”.

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big picture: Saturday’s incident, which ended without any effect, was followed by a tour of the Middle East by US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malle before the resumption of indirect nuclear talks with Iran.

description: kirby said in a briefing That the Iranian helicopter came within 25 yards of the USS Essex in the Gulf. “At one point about 10 feet above sea level,” Kirby said.

  • ,[T]The Essex crew took the appropriate force protection measures that they felt were required, and they acted of course in accordance with international law,” he continued.
  • “Ultimately there was no impact on Essex Transit or their operations. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an unsafe and unprofessional act.”
  • Kirby did not disclose the specific location of the incident and Iranian officials could not immediately be contacted for comment.
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