Five unidentified Iranian speedboats that approached the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper. Three US Navy ships were approached Sunday January 6, 2008 near the Straight of Hormuz.
The action is considered aggressive in light of the similarity to maneuvers that occurred during the suicide attack of the USS Cole in Yemen October 12, 2000 that killed 17 sailors.
Partial bridge transcript from the USS Hopper:
Five unidentified small surface contacts. Inbound.
You are approaching coalition warships [warning horn blasts]
operating in International Waters.
We advise you to [unintelligible with warning blasts] …
Video was taken aboard the bridge of the USS Hopper.
US NAVY PHOTO RELEASED: PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 6, 2008) Small craft suspected to be from the Islamic Republic of Iran Revolutionary Guard Navy (IRGCN) in close proximity of the U.S. Navy Aegis-class cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), Aegis-class destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) and frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61). All three ships were steaming in formation and had just completed a routine Strait of Hormuz transit. Navy photo reference: 080106-N-0000X-005
Alleged video from Iranian side of same incident.