Navy faces 'new normal' in Persian Gulf: more Iran provocations

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A Sailor watches as the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 26, 2016. 	 Bobby Baldock/U.S. Navy
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A Sailor watches as the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 26, 2016. Bobby Baldock/U.S. Navy

Navy faces 'new normal' in Persian Gulf: more Iran provocations

by: Robert H. Reid | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 29, 2016
 WASHINGTON — U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf can expect increased harassment by Iranian vessels as Iran’s hard-liners seek to bolster their position ahead of next year’s Iranian election and the U.S. is absorbed in its own electoral campaign.
 
Some analysts also believe the three incidents Tuesday and Wednesday, during which Iranian fast boats swarmed around U.S. warships in the northern Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz in the southern end, were to practice “swarm tactics” for attacking larger and better armed American vessels.
 
In one of the incidents, the USS Squall, a coastal patrol ship, fired shots in the water to warn the Iranians.
 
The latest incidents serve as a reminder that tensions remain high between the United States and Iran despite last year’s international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program and lift crippling international sanctions.
 
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