USS Bataan, on a six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, makes its way across sea, November 30, 2001. (Photo by David C. Mercil/US Navy)
Washington Post: Iranian navy points laser at Marine helicopter in altercation involving three U.S. ships
Iranian forces pointed a laser at an airborne Marine Corps helicopter on Tuesday in an encounter that involved three U.S. ships and was deemed “unsafe and unprofessional” by the Navy, U.S. military officials said.
The incident occurred in the Strait of Hormuz, a heavily trafficked waterway off Iran’s southern coast that connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The amphibious assault ship Bataan, the guided-missile destroyer Cole and the dry cargo ship Washington Chambers were maneuvering through the strait when an Iranian vessel pulled alongside the U.S. ships, shining a spotlight on the Cole and then training a laser on a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter flown by Marines from the Bataan, said Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban, a U.S. military spokesman.
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