US Military Ship Fires Towards Iranian Boat

It's a contracted ship, not a US Navy one. Was it self defence or does the ship carry a letter of marque to go engaging all over the Gulf of Tonk... ooops Arabian Gulf?

What sort of shot? 5.56 or 40mm + ?
Its only early yet news is still coming in! nothing on BBC or even Sky yet!!

Never said naval ship i said US Military!! which is now confirmed as an MSC ship contracted to the military
Now is it an MSC vessel, or just contracted to the MSC (a bit like our RFA) The article seems to contradict itself.

They've probably got an embarked SPO team - if it's anything like the RM/RNR teams it'll be 5.56 and 7.62. If it is actually an MSC ship (ie owned by the US Givernment) it may well have one of or a combination of Goalkeeper, 20mm, 30mm or 40mm cannon, and maybe miniguns.
Best comparison to a UK vessel would be one of the MoD owned/chartered vessels like Anvil Point or Hartland Point. Dark Blue Loggie is quite correct, in that they prob have a small embarked FP team (5.56 & poss gpmg) for self defence. It is usual for vessels like this to get an escort through choke points, Straights of Hormuz or Bab el Mandeb, by something with a bit more of a punch.

US-contracted ship fires toward Iranian boat 25 Apr 2008 15:24:58 GMT Source: Reuters
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WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - A cargo ship contracted by the U.S Military Sealift Command fired "a few bursts" of warning shots in the Gulf at small boats believed to be Iranian, U.S. defense officials said on Friday.

"They were able to avoid a serious incident by following the procedures that we use," said Commander Lydia Robertson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet.

The Westward Venture, a cargo ship chartered by the U.S. Department of Defense, was traveling north in international waters in the central Gulf at around 8 a.m. local time on Thursday when the incident took place, Robertson said.

The ship was approached by two unidentified small boats and its crew issued "standard queries" to the vessels by radio but did not receive a response, she said. The ship then fired a flare, which also produced no response, she said.

The boats continued to approach the cargo ship and its onboard security team fired "a few bursts" of machine gun and rifle warning shots, Robertson said.

"The small boats left the area a short time later," Robertson by telephone.

A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the boats were believed to be Iranian.

Shortly after the incident, the ship received a radio query from a ship identifying itself as an Iranian coast guard vessel, Robertson said.

"It is not clear if this was one of the small boats or a separate boat," she said. She said the query from the vessel was conducted correctly.

The United States said in January Iranian boats threatened its warships on Jan. 6 along a vital route for crude oil shipments. (Reporting by Kristin Roberts and Andrew Gray, editing by Lori Santos)
edited for mong reading of my own post :(
Navy-Contracted Vessel Fires Warning Shots on Iranian BoatsPosted in April 25th, 2008by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton in Middle East/Terrorism, PoliticsFrom Fox News:

A vessel contracted by the Navy in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots Thursday on two Iranian fast boats, FOX News has learned.

The Westward Venture, a ship contracted by the Navy to carry military cargo to Kuwait, fired upon the boats Thursday after attempts to get Iranian boats’ attention failed.

The ship was about 50 miles off the coast of Iran when the fast boats approached. A Navy security team, armed with M16 rifles and .50-caliber machine guns, was onboard at the time the warning shots were fired.

The Westward Venture blew its whistle and fired flares before using the machine guns to fire the warning shots.
Via Fcuks News.
The iranioans probably wanted to know if they were interested in their line in cheap suits which they succesfully offloaded last time. I've heard about telling cold callers to feck off but that's ridiculous.
Merchant ships operating in the region under contract to the US military have USN security team on board. A pic of the Western Venture.

US navy downplays Gulf incident, says Iran not involved

Military and Security 4/25/2008 8:52:00 PM

By Joe Macaron (With MIL-IRAN-US-NAVY) WASHINGTON, April 25 (KUNA) --

A US Department of Defense official downplayed on Friday the warning shots incident in the Gulf, noting that no evidence Iran is involved in this incident.

"The Westward Venture was in international water north of the Arabian Gulf when it was approached by two unidentified boats yesterday morning at about 8am local time", said the spokeswoman of the US Navys Fifth fleet based in Bahrain Lydia Robertson in an interview with KUNA over the phone.

"We do not know if they are Iranians", she added. Robertson said that the US naval vessel, under contract for military command and carrying military cargo, followed proper procedures and issued standard queries to the small boats by radio.

Once they did not get a reply, Robertson added that the cargo ship activated a flare but the boats still did not answer.
"The boats continued towards Westward Venture, the ship embarked security team fired warning shots", she added while noting that the small boats left the area by then.

But after a short while, the US Navy received a query from a unit identifying itself as the Iranian Coast Guard, said Robertson, but it is not clear yet for the Navy if it is the same boat or a separate one.

This occurs at a time of tension between Washington and Tehran about the nuclear issue and a host of regional issues.
Robertson said that the US Navy does not consider what happened as incident and is not on alert at the moment.
"We have not changed our status, we are continuing our operations", she affirmed.
PartTimePongo said:
It's a contracted ship, not a US Navy one. Was it self defence or does the ship carry a letter of marque to go engaging all over the Gulf of Tonk... ooops Arabian Gulf?

What sort of shot? 5.56 or 40mm + ?

It was 50 cal 12.5mm and 5.56mm M16 rounds.

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