Warning Shots

Minor incident near the Strait of Hormuz:

Four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps attack craft vessels were “traveling right at” the USS Mahan in the Strait of Hormuz at a “very high rate of speed,” a defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told VOA earlier Monday.

When the Iranian boats did not respond to radio requests to slow down, the USS Mahan fired shots with a .50 caliber machine gun.

The USS Mahan (DDG-72) was escorting the USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and an oiler when the boats approached.

The reports are a little confusing at the moment. Murdoc wonders if claims of “fired three warning shots” actually refer to warning flares launched by the ship. Was it really three rounds from a machine gun? Does that even count?