US military nervous: Iran tests missiles near Western warships

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Nervousness in the US military leadership: Iran has conducted a missile test not far from US warships. The Americans speak of a provocation. However, Iran had warned all ships to stay away from the region in the Persian Gulf.

US military nervous: Iran tests missiles near Western warships

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2012) The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Harry S. Truman is underway supporting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristina Young/Released)

Originally appeared at DWN, translated by Karin exclusively SouthFront

A few days ago Iran has carried out missile tests near three Western warships, stated a US military representative. According to Tuesdays information was the US aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman one of these warships. Also commercial vessels were during the Iranian missile tests nearby. Although none of the missiles were fired towards a ship, the incident raised concerns with the US military.

“We see these launchings in such close proximity to the ships as highly provocative,” said the military official who was initially not authorized to give his name in public, as AFP reports. He confirmed a report by NBC News, after one of the rockets came as close as 1500 meters to the US aircraft carrier, who crossed the Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Therefore, a French frigate and a US destroyer were also in the area.

According to the US military the rockets were fired from an Iranian naval vessel from Omani waters. The incident thus occurred on Saturday. Shortly before the Iranian army had announced a military exercise with live ammunition on the radio and ships were asked to stay away.

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