Iranian helicopter came close to U.S. warship- Pentagon

FILE PHOTO: The briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia
FILE PHOTO: The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Iranian navy helicopter came close to a U.S. Navy warship in the Gulf of Oman and circled it three times in an incident that ended without an impact on U.S. operations, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Iranian helicopter came within 25 yards (75 feet) of the Essex warship.

“It’s dangerous because it could lead to miscalculations,” Kirby said.

He did not specify when the incident took place.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart)

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