The Navy says the rockets were fired “within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane” as the Truman and the other ships were passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf. – Iranian Rockets Fire Rockets Near US Aircraft Carrier
VIDEO Iranian Rockets Fire Rockets Near US Aircraft Carrier
The Navy states that the video shows an Iranian ship on December 26 2015 firing several unguided rockets near the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman along with other Western warships and commercial craft in the area.
This approximately 30 second, black and white video was released today. The video was apparently shot from a Seahawk helicopter. It shows an Iranian Revolutionary Guards sea vessel deploying unguided missile rockets in the Strait of Hormuz.
On December 31 2015, the Iran government denied that its Revolutionary Guards vessels had launched the rockets. A Revolutionary Guards spokesman said the “false” accusation of the United States military was “akin to psychological warfare.”
The U.S. Navy indicates this infrared radar footage shows Iran conducting a “fast inshore attack craft” within a “close proximity” to the Harry S. Truman, the guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley, the French naval frigate FS Provence and various commercial ships in this busy waterway.
The dispute underlines the ongoing tensions between the United States and Iran despite last year’s international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
The salient point of this dispute is: The Navy says the rockets were fired “within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane” as the Truman and the other ships were passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf.
The U.S. military on December 29 2015 made public its account of the incident. At the time, a U.S. Central Command spokesperson called the Iranian actions “highly provocative, unsafe and unprofessional” calling into question Iran’s commitment to the safety and security of an international waterway critical to worldwide commerce.
Iran provided only 23 minutes of advance notification of its intention to fire rockets. The Truman and the two other warships were part of the U.S.-led coalition supporting air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.