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WSJ Reporter: Iranian Helicopter Was Yards From US Ship During Tense Encounter

WSJ Reporter: Iranian Helicopter Was Yards From US Ship During Tense Encounter
An Iranian army helicopter takes part in parade on the occasion of the country's annual Army Day on April 18, 2018, in Tehran. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 19 July 2019 07:43 AM

An Iranian Naval helicopter got to within yards of a U.S. ship, while other aircraft and ships from the rogue nation shadowed that vessel and others as a U.S. flotilla sailed through the narrow Strait of Hormuz Thursday.

A Wall Street Journal reporter was on the USS Boxer as it sailed with five other U.S. Navy vessels in a show of force designed to demonstrate that the critical passage linking the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman is an international waterway. During the trip, the reporter watched as an Iranian military helicopter — apparently unarmed — approached the Boxer and was mere yards from the ship's deck as it traveled alongside. The encounter ended when a U.S. helicopter chased it away.

The Boxer shot down an Iranian drone that was approaching it a short time later. The Journal reported that the Boxer used an electronic system to jam the drone's signal, causing it to crash.

The U.S. ships were also approached by an Iranian ship, which got to within 500 yards of the Boxer — the distance at which the U.S. Navy instructs any approaching vessel to turn away. A U.S. helicopter flew between the two ships as a defensive measure.

U.S. Marines on high alert were stationed on the U.S. ships as they sailed through the waterway, many of them manning weapons — including sniper rifles. Armed U.S. helicopters were constantly in the air, and the Journal reporter witnessed several light-armored vehicles sitting on the Boxer's runway, their massive guns pointed outward to protect the ship from any threats.

Iran shot down a U.S. drone last month in the Strait of Hormuz, after which the U.S. promised "measured responses." President Donald Trump called off a military strike on Iran after the incident.

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An Iranian Naval helicopter got to within yards of a U.S. ship, while other aircraft and ships from the rogue nation shadowed that vessel and others as a U.S. flotilla sailed through the narrow Strait of Hormuz Thursday. A Wall Street Journal reporter was on the USS Boxer...
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