The USS Rappahannock, an American naval refueling ship posted to the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, fired upon a speedboat that rapidly approached it without warning, and failed to heed repeated commands to stop. The other vessel, a 9m. three-engined craft, was unmarked, but similar to those known to be used in the past by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, to harass and threaten shipping.
|Dubai Police inspect the vessel.|
The Government of Iran last week threatened to close the strategic Straight of Hormuz, through which much of the world's oil passes each day. Naval forces are on a heightened state of alert.