Iranian boats harass US and UK navy ships in Strait of Hormuz – Rescues underway

US Navy and UK Royal Navy responded to a distress call from a merchant vessel that was reportedly harassed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Strait of Hormuz. According to reports, the IRGC speed boats had been harassing the ship for some time, which led to the distress call. The US and UK navies intervened and reportedly provided assistance to the merchant vessel. The incident is the latest in a series of tense encounters between the US and UK navies and the IRGC in the Gulf region. The US Navy had recently accused the IRGC of harassing one of its ships in the same area. The Strait of Hormuz is a critical waterway that connects the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea and is a key shipping lane for oil exports. The tense situation in the region has raised concerns about a possible military escalation between the US, UK, and Iran.