Iran conducts annual maritime exercise, claims to ‘instruct U.S. warships’ to leave area

Iran conducts annual maritime exercise, claims to ‘instruct U.S. warships’ to leave area

[Ed. – Spin, as usual.  The U.S. Navy spokesman says our ships continued to operate according to international law in the area they were in.  We can assume that to be true.]

As Iran carries out a several days long series of war drills in the Sea [Gulf] of Oman, off the country’s southern border, military leaders claim to have warned off at least two vessels led by U.S. coalition forces in the region.

U.S. military officials confirmed being in contact with Iranian forces, which is just the latest in a series of provocative interactions between the Iranian military and United States.

“One U.S. warship operating in the Gulf of Oman received a transmission from Iranian maritime forces announcing an Iranian exercise,” Cmdr. William Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, told the Free Beacon Monday evening.

U.S military officials say the military vessel continued to carry out its mission, despite the Iranian contact and did not alter its course.

“The U.S. warship continued to execute its mission and did not alter operations as a result of the radio transmission,” Urban said.

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