The guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan has fired warning shots at approaching Iranian craft.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan has fired warning shots at approaching Iranian craft. US NAVY / MC2 JASON R. ZALASKY

US fires warning at Iranian vessels

THE US Navy fired warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels that were closing on a destroyer at high speed near the Strait of Hormuz, according to US defence officials. The USS Mahan fired the shots on Sunday but they were not reported publicly. The incident, uncovered by Reuters, comes as US President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on Friday week. In September, he vowed any Iranian vessels harassing the US Navy in the Arabian Gulf would be "shot out of the water”. Years of sparring eased last year when the US lifted sanctions on Iran after a deal on Iran's nuclear intentions. But there are serious differences still over Iran's missile program and role in conflicts in Syria and Iraq.



End of an era: Ballina's best-loved home on the market

premium_icon End of an era: Ballina's best-loved home on the market

Retro 50s beach house in prime beach location

When will the Ballina waterslides open?

premium_icon When will the Ballina waterslides open?

The temperatures are heating up and the slides look pretty inviting

'ICON GONE': Beloved pub shuts its doors

premium_icon 'ICON GONE': Beloved pub shuts its doors

Owners say the decision was made with "a heavy heart”

Local Partners