>> This is USS Nitze>> America's latest brush with conflict in the gulf. Washington says its warship, the USS Nitze was harassed by four Iranian vessels, Tuesday, calling the incident in the strait of Hormuz unsafe and unprofessional. The Nitze was in international waters when the boats closed in at high speed.
The warship shot warning flares, sounded its whistles and tried repeatedly to communicate but in the end, was forced to change course. It's the latest chapter in an ongoing naval drama between the two countries. In January, Iran detained ten US sailors, who mistakenly steered into its waters, before releasing them a day later.
Behind the incidents, Iran's revolutionary guard corps, which patrol the waters of the Persian Gulf. Experts say it's members have been fed anti-American propaganda for years and haven't moved on from that mind set. Even after Iran struck a nuclear deal with six countries including the US last year. Tensions also remain over Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Washington says this weeks incident would have led to a diplomatic protest except for the fact that the two countries have no official ties.