President Donald Trump has given power back to our military who are now in full force defending our country against our Middle Eastern adversaries as well as those in North Korea. As tensions heat up against those who wish to harm America, the attacks are starting to take place as was recently seen when an Iranian ship tried to intercept a U.S. Destroyer. Unfortunately for them, the learned the brutal reason of how our ship got its name when finding out what was on board after it was too late to ask for forgiveness.
America isn’t messing around anymore, but it turns out that not all of our enemies have gotten the message. The Obama era is over and Tump is in charge who has already proven that he isn’t afraid to fire at who has had it coming for far too long. Feeling tough and mighty against America in their “fast attacked craft,” an Iranian Revolutionary Gaurd came within about 3,200 feet of a U.S. guided missile destroyer. This proved to be a really bad mistake with what they found themselves on the receiving end of that they never saw coming.
The small Iranian attack ship apparently assumed they had all their bases covered with each of their weapons manned when they pulled a bold move of trying to intercept a U.S. warship. It appeared to be a clear attempt at testing America’s military power now that Trump and General Mattis are running the show, which resulted in the perfect answer they weren’t expecting. Without hesitation, the USS Mahan was ready for them and fired warning shots off at their ridiculous little speed boat.
“That flare signal was apparently enough for the foreign ship to get the message and keep its distance,” Conservative Tribune reported.
“The incident happened Monday as the vessel attempted to draw closer to the USS Mahan despite the destroyer trying to turn away from it,” Lt. Ian McConnaughey said, according to the Daily Mail. “The ‘Mahan made several attempts to contact the Iranian vessel by bridge-to-bridge radio, issuing warning messages and twice sounding the internationally recognized danger signal of five short blasts with the ship’s whistle, as well as deploying a flare to determine the Iranian vessel’s intentions,” McConnaughey added in his statement to The Associated Press.
Two days after the assertive incident occurred, authorities finally released the details of the interaction. “The U.S. and Iran routinely have tense encounters in the Persian Gulf and the nearby Strait of Hormuz, through which a third of all oil traded by sea passes,” Mail Online’s report explained. “Iran views the American presence as a provocation and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard shadows U.S. Navy ships in the Gulf, occasionally firing missiles or rockets nearby.”
This isn’t the first time Iran has taunted one of our warships but this time it ended much differently than the last. There were 35 instances in 2016 alone that were described as “unsafe and/or unprofessional” run-ins with the Iranian military. One of these incidents last year resulted in the capture of 10 U.S. sailors who were held overnight.
“In January, the same American vessel fired warning shots from its .50 caliber machine gun to get the attention of four different craft that were coming too close,” according to the Conservative Tribune.
The difference this time is that we have a capable Commander-in-Chief and the perfect U.S. Secretary of Defense in Mattis, who don’t negotiate with terrorists. We simply treat the threat with fire and send a clear message to stay away and not to mess with America.
The U.S. Navy has proved how these provocations will be handled from now on, starting with a simple warning and escalating the less-gentle measures of delivering the message. There are no more red lines drawn to just be ignored. Now, the only red our enemies will see will be in the fireball coming in their direction should they try to aggressively come at America and disregard our warnings.
As tensions continue to rise, our adversaries will likely keep testing the limits of our military and inevitably learn for good if the do that things are much different than they have been the last eight years. This battle is far from over and we will keep you informed with each development coming from the Persian Gulf, which isn’t expected to end well for Iran.