Iranian ships reportedly fire rockets near US aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf
A US aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday amid Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, the only sea passage from the Gulf to the open ocean and strategic waterway linking Middle East crude producers to crucial world markets.
Some 30 Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels fired rockets in the waters patrolled by a US aircraft carrier strike group led by USS John C. Stennis on Friday, Sputnik reported citing AP. At one point, one small ship launched what looked like a "commercial-grade" drone to film the US vessels, the media outlet wrote, adding that journalists on the Stennis were also filming the Iranian boats.
"The Iranian craft drove in front of our ship and stopped, and tried to capture their own sort of picture of what was going on", Capt. Randy Peck, the commanding officer of the Stennis, was cited by AP as saying.