Today's D Brief: Warning shots in the Gulf; SEALs reorganize; Kendall tapped as SecAF; New civilian cyber corps?; And a bit more.
By Ben Watson
April 28, 2021 10:35 AM ET
The D Brief
The U.S. Navy fired warning shots in the northern Persian Gulf on Monday night after Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps “armed speed boats rapidly approached” two U.S. ships at what the Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet called “an unnecessarily close range with unknown intent.” That range was about 68 yards, or nearly 200 feet.
Involved: U.S. Navy patrol coastal ship USS Firebolt (PC 10) and U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Baranof (WPB 1318).
What happened: Iran’s vessels approached the two U.S. ships quickly at about 8 p.m. local time. According to the Fifth Fleet, “The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio and loud-hailer devices, but the IRGCN vessels continued their close range maneuvers. The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the IRGCN vessels moved away to a safe distance from the U.S. vessels.” https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2021/04/the-d-brief-april-28-2021/173664/