By Carla Babb, VOA
PENTAGON - An Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) boat pointed its weapon at a helicopter launched from aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official told VOA Monday.
The official said the weapon pointed at the U.S. helicopter on Saturday
resembled a ".60-caliber on a pole."
"The actions of the Iranians were both unprofessional and unsafe," the defense official told VOA.
The USS Eisenhower was transiting the Strait of Hormuz when the crew saw two small IRGC boats and launched a helicopter to see what was going on. That's when one of the boats pointed the weapon at the helicopter, according to the defense official.
At no point did the small boats get closer than within a nautical mile (1.85 kilometers) of the USS Eisenhower, the official said.
Carla Babb is VOA's Pentagon correspondent covering defense and international security issues. Her datelines include Ukraine, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea.
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