U.S. military officials say Iran test fired missiles Saturday that passed within 1,500 meters of an American aircraft carrier passing through international shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz. In addition to the USS Harry S. Truman, there were several other vessels in the area, including the destroyer USS Buckley, a French frigate and merchant ships.
The officials, who spoke to Western media under condition of anonymity, called the Iran's actions "highly provocative." They said Iran's navy gave a radio announcement less than an hour before firing the missiles telling ships to steer clear of the area.
None of the missiles were fired at any of the ships, which did not need to take any evasive actions.
"While most interactions between Iranian forces and the U.S. Navy are professional, safe and routine, this event was not and runs contrary to efforts to ensure freedom of navigation and maritime safety in the global commons," U.S. Central Command spokesman Kyle Raines said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
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