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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

US destroyer sent after Iran boards commercial ship

USS Farragut (DDG-99)The US military has sent a destroyer in pursuit of a commercial ship that was fired upon, and then boarded by, Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged commercial craft, was intercepted by patrol ships from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy about 6pm AEST, according to Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

After the ship refused to comply with an Iranian order to steam further into Iran's territorial waters, one of the Iranian patrol vessels fired across the Tigris's bridge, Colonel Warren said.

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