Iranian ships open fire on Singapore-flagged vessel

The Alpine Eternity

Five Iranian boats fired shots across the bow of a Singapore flagged cargo vessel in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an attempt to potentially stop the ship, a U.S. official told CNN. For the first time, the incident brought another Persian Gulf nation into the recent rising maritime tensions in the region.

It is not yet clear if any of the rounds hit the Alpine Eternity. There were no U.S. citizens or cargo on board. The Pentagon is still gathering information about the incident.

The incident began when five small fast boats, believed to be manned by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy approached the cargo vessel just off the coast of the United Arab Emirates but in international water, the official said.

These Iranian boats are typically manned with smaller caliber weapons such as machine guns…

It is classed as an oil/chemical tanker.

h/t Marvin

  • Petey

    (Rubbing hands): keep it up, fellas. Sooner or later someone is going to shoot back.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I doubt if it will be Obama. He can’t ruin his legacy.

      • Frau Katze

        Latest news says the ship owner is Iranian. Your guess is as good as mine.

  • dukestreet

    If I were a shipping company owner, I’d be buying really big cannons and rocket launchers to add to my ship’s decks, along with hiring the ex navy gunners to man them. Anybody attacking my ships would be fired back at and maybe sunk. I think that’s the only way to stop this piracy.

  • Dave

    It seems there is only one cure for 7th century inbreds. The neutron bomb. Maximum death, minimum destruction.