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Navy says Iranian boats harassed US ship in Strait of Hormuz

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top naval officer says four Iranian small boats harassed a U.S. Navy warship near the Persian Gulf, but no missiles were fired.

The chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson, says the incident involving guided missile destroyer USS Nitze reflects the greater competition the U.S. is facing at sea.

A U.S. defense official says the Iranian boats approached the Nitze at high speed, in an unsafe manner. The official says the destroyer fired ten flares in the direction of the Iranian boats and sounded the ship's whistle, but the boats ignored the warnings until they were within 300 yards of the U.S. ship.

The USS Nitze was in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke anonymously.

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