2 US-Iran ship encounters last week in Gulf

January 13, 2012 - 7:15 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy says that in separate incidents in and near the Persian Gulf, Iranian military speedboats approached a U.S. Navy ship and a U.S Coast Guard cutter.

The incidents last Friday involved no hostile action and are regarded by U.S. defense officials as minor and not unusual acts of harassment.

In each case, three Iranian speedboats — each apparently armed with a single mounted gun — sped toward the U.S. ships before breaking away. No shots were fired.

The incidents happened in a period of rising U.S.-Iranian tensions over access to the Gulf and navigation through the Strait of Hormuz.