Unreported – Iranian Fast Boats ‘Swarm’ US Coast Guard Ships in Persian Gulf for 3 Hours

Over three weeks ago a group of three of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) speedboats and a catamaran-style support ship, swarmed two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) vessels operating in the Persian Gulf. The IRGCN vessels reportedly came within 70 yards of the U.S. ships. However, none of this was reported until an April 24 press release from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

The three speedboats were reported by the Navy as ‘fast attack craft (FAC)/fast inshore attack craft (FIAC).’

The Iranian catamaran-type vessel was launched in 2016 and can reportedly carry a helicopter and up to 100 personnel. The US Office of Naval Intelligence designates this ‘support’ vessel as ‘Harth 55.’ It is described as 55 meters long (180 feet) and 14 meters wide (46 feet) and has a speed of 28 knots.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) Harth 55, center, approaches the Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1332), April 2, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The Navy stated that the Iranian ships followed the U.S. Coast Guard Island-class patrol cutters USCGC Monomoy (WPB-1326) and USCGC Wrangell (WPB-1332) as they patrolled international waters in the Persian Gulf. The USCGC ships are assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), the largest U.S. Coast Guard unit outside the United States and operate under U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 55.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) Harth 55, left, crosses the bow of the Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Monomoy (WPB 1326), right. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, told the Wall Street Journal that the Coast Guard vessels issued warnings for three hours as the Iranian speed boats buzzed past them and repeatedly crossed in front of their bows. The  press release added that: “The IRGCN’s actions were deemed unsafe and unprofessional.”

The Navy also noted that “U.S. naval forces continue to remain vigilant and are trained to act in a professional manner, while our commanding officers retain the inherent right to act in self-defense.”

ADN

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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joe
joe
2 months ago

Blow the bastards out of the water!

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  joe

I’m sure John Kerry was clapping and celebrating for the Iranians! Traitor that he is!

james bolton
james bolton
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

globalist puppet kerry was probably giving globalist puppet iran orders to attack our ships . . . . .

Barbara P
Barbara P
2 months ago
Reply to  james bolton

Seems the best we can do is boycott Heinz products – Kerry is married to the Heinz heiress. Thus the reason he doesn’t need to earn a living.

Bill Quay
Bill Quay
2 months ago
Reply to  joe

They can’t Biden won’t get any money if they do

Wyatt
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill Quay

Who cares if Joey gets any money ? That is our Coast Guardsmen in danger . Fire on them and when the Ayatolla asks what they did the can tell him ” I Ran” 🤣🤣

Dave Fischer
Dave Fischer
2 months ago

Time forAmerica to wake up, take them out, remove them from existence, and move on……..

james bolton
james bolton
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave Fischer

Take every mid east schitt hole out, one mid east schitt hole at a time and stop the globalist puppet, illegal criminal invader voters from invading the usa for welfare and everything free at hard working tax paying Americans expense .

Scorpian.
Scorpian.
2 months ago

I wouldn’t hesitate to destroy those evil terrorists. It’s about time they were eradicated.
I know place John Kerry in a boat adrift aiming at them full of explosives and when they got close let it blow.

Judith Sims
Judith Sims
2 months ago

Had that happened under President Trump that bunch of hoodlums would have been taken out!

Alfred Thomas Benelli
Alfred Thomas Benelli
2 months ago

Sink one and watch the other two run like mice… Ayatollah you so!

CaptTurbo
2 months ago

If we didn’t have a fake pResident this crap would not be happening.

Stephen Pettine
2 months ago
Reply to  CaptTurbo

Probably not. Trump was too sharp not to interpret such incidents as their efforts to estimate our efforts to protect the soft underbelly of our naval forces — one thing for certain, he would make them aware of severe consequences.to their actions should they not abandon them.

William
William
2 months ago

Stephen, my good man…all bets on our continued existence as a free nation are off. I served 14 yrs in the USN, proudly. If any of our shipmates would have said, 45 odd years ago…that this situation we’re in now could EVER happen…we would have dragged him to the ship’s doctor! I hope and pray that the good Lord will intervene…and SOON!

james bolton
james bolton
2 months ago
Reply to  CaptTurbo

globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ and globalist puppet iran and globalist puppet, chester the molester biden probably have a plan to create and start a war so they can make AMERICANS fund and fight their war and they make trillions a day in profit .

Barbara P
Barbara P
2 months ago
Reply to  james bolton

I would not be surprised to find you’re right!

James B Jacobs
James B Jacobs
2 months ago

What else did we expect? They tried that with Trump and finally got the message that when Trump said he was going to do something, he would do it . Now they know Biden is a blow hard and will do nothing. I’m sure more countries feel the same way. If Biden was going to do something if they sank one of our ships, he would probably forget which country did it, and attack the wrong country. Biden would probably apologize for whatever we did to make them mad and give then another plane load of money.

Stephen Pettine
2 months ago
Reply to  James B Jacobs

“Now they know Biden is a blow hard and will do nothing”

Or, maybe appease them with tons of money, for one — you know, a la Obama..

Barbara P
Barbara P
2 months ago

Biden doesn’t make decisions – he carries out those he’s told to carry out.

james bolton
james bolton
2 months ago
Reply to  James B Jacobs

globalist puppet iran are globalist puppets just like globalist puppet, chester the molester biden .

typicalwhiteguy
typicalwhiteguy
2 months ago

“You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back”
Semper Peratus!!’

Nicholas
Nicholas
2 months ago

Why is our Coast Guard in the Persian Gulf .. halfway around the world??? Aren’t they supposed to guard our coastal waters?

Terry
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicholas

I was wondering the same thing.

Randall S Daniels
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicholas

Exactly!

james bolton
james bolton
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicholas

globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ and globalist puppet, chester the molester biden want them far away from our coastal waters so that the illegal criminal invader voters are free to continue to invade America .

typicalwhiteguy
typicalwhiteguy
2 months ago
Reply to  Nicholas

The Coast Guard probably has a larger variety of missions assigned to them than any of the other branches. These units are attached to the U.S.naval forces in the Middle East fulfilling one of these missions, national defense.
While the name may be misleading, the Coast Guard has operated and continues to operate practically world wide. Not much publicity or glamor, but all vital assignments.

True American
True American
2 months ago

Are these fast boats faster than bullets?. Just asking.

james bolton
james bolton
2 months ago
Reply to  True American

They are probably faster than it takes to move the big guns to aim on target to shoot and sink them but hopefully the ships have smaller guns that move faster .

masr
masr
2 months ago

I’m not surprised.
This is what Carter and Obama allowed/invited.
This is just the beginning of the progressive democrat communist breakdown and further destruction of the USA.

Jawad
Jawad
2 months ago

Want to know why? Teddy Roosevelt said: ‘Speak softly but carry a big stick.’ Joe Blow sez: ‘Speak loudly and carry a toothpick!’ Nyuk nyuk nyuk! And John Ketchup bloody egged them on!

james bolton
james bolton
2 months ago

globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ have a plan for globalist puppet iran and globalist puppet, chester the molester biden to start another globalist war . . . . . globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ and globalist puppet democrat criminal party and globalist media lost trillions of dollars in 2016 – 2020 when Trump refused to start any globalist created wars .

Major B
Major B
2 months ago

Totally the result of Biden taking a soft line toward the Iranians. Keep your eyes open for some kind of iranian payoff to him and/or his family.

Purple heart
Purple heart
2 months ago

When is Biden going to blow hell out of these animals that Kerry sold out Israel to. Never because Biden is a patsy of irans.

Omega 2
Omega 2
2 months ago

TIME TO BLOW UO IRANS NAVY DOCKS AND WARE HOUSES TO STOP THIS HARASSMENT OF SHIPS IN A FREE SEA!

ONLYJB1
ONLYJB1
2 months ago

The Navy should have rang battle stations and then carried out live fire drill.

Bill Quay
Bill Quay
2 months ago

I wonder if they offer life insurance in Iran

FM1
FM1
2 months ago

Turn that falanx loose on them and be sure to video it for me.show them what a stationary puff the magic dragon can do

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Use that fifty=cal and fill them boats full of led, they might get it then.

milvet
milvet
1 month ago

Just my thought but, I’d like if a sub. just happened to be there, loaded with a practice torpado and use them for target shoots. No big explosion, “Hey the speeding Iranian vessel ran into a submerged object and sank, no shots fired, no encounter, the damn IRGC boat was speeding an ran into something underway, they must be more careful, running full throttle out there.” Gee, just think, running like that, they could somehow just loose several of their IRGC boats, really a shame, we have tried to warm them, you must go slow in these waters, must have run into a whale or something. After the practice shoot, torpado just sinks to the bottom. Be nice if they could make several “special purpose” with no U.S. marking, nothing inside that would make some one think it was American Made, hey, we must have some old torpadoes left over from WW-II, those damn things are still floating around somewhere, hey, maybe some from the German U-boats.


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