Iranian frigate in ‘unprofessional’ encounter with U.S. spy ship near Strait of Hormuz

Iranian frigate in ‘unprofessional’ encounter with U.S. spy ship near Strait of Hormuz
USNS Invincible (T-AGM-24). (Image: Wikipedia. MSC/USN - http://www.msc.navy.mil/inventory/ships.asp?ship=107 (direct link), Public Domain, Link)

[Ed. – Yes, I know USNS Invincible isn’t really a “spy” ship.  Spy has only 3 letters, however, and fits better in a headline.  The ship’s mission is to gather technical information on missiles in flight.  Invincible has been a T-AGM operated by the Military Sealift Command since 2000.  The harassment by Iran we could do without, but this is a positive development, indicating we are making a point of visibly collecting against Iranian missile activity.  Iran just concluded one of her biggest annual exercises, a naval exercise which also featured multiple, highly-touted missile launches.  Invincible was presumably there to monitor.]

A U.S. Navy surveillance ship had a close encounter with an Iranian navy frigate in the Middle East, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.

The frigate came within 150 yards of the USNS Invincible on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, just south of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The gulf separates Oman from southeastern Iran.

The encounter was deemed “unprofessional” but not unsafe because the frigate was on a parallel course with the Invincible at the point of closest approach.

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