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    The US navy has said a security team aboard one of its ships fired on a small boat after it disregarded warnings and raced toward the vessel near the Dubai port of Jebel Ali.



    Lieutenant Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the US navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said sailors aboard the USNS Rappahannock issued a series of warnings before resorting to lethal force using a .50-calibre machine gun.

    A US consular official and an Emirati rescue official in Dubai said one person was killed and three wounded. Dozens of police and other Emirati officials crowded around the white-hulled boat, which sat docked after the incident in a small Dubai port used by fishermen and sailors.

    In an emailed statement, Raelson said: "The US crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel's operators to turn away from their deliberate approach. When those efforts failed to deter the approaching vessel, the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-caliber machine gun," he said.

    Another UAE official familiar with the incident said authorities "are looking into the matter and will be issuing a report at a later stage".

    The boat appeared to be a civilian vessel about 30ft (9 metres) long and powered by three outboard motors. Similar boats are used for fishing in the region, though Iran's Revolutionary Guard also employs relatively small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf.

    US military vessels routinely cross paths with Iranian ships in international waters in the Gulf without incident, but speed boats from Iran's Revolutionary Guard have passed close to US ships in incidents that have raised alarm in Washington.

    Rescue workers were seen carrying one person in a body bag off the boat and placing it in an ambulance as fishermen looked on. Officials moved the boat from the harbor shortly afterward.

    In early 2008, then President Bush accused Iran of a "provocative act" after five small Iranian craft buzzed around the destroyer USS Hopper.

    Tensions are elevated in the Gulf after Iran last week renewed threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz the route for one-fifth of the world's oil in retaliation for tighter sanctions over Iran's nuclear program. The US recently boosted its naval presence in the Gulf with additional minesweepers and other warships.

    The US embassy in Abu Dhabi had no immediate comment, referring all questions to the navy.
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    I can't tell you how often that happens. I've been there 3 times with the Navy. Close encounters happen all the time. It takes something like this I guess to broadcast that you simply do not approach a US Navy warship like that. If that boat made it to within a hundred yards before being shot, they'll do it again and come to 110 to test the boundaries. It's like a game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    I can't tell you how often that happens. I've been there 3 times with the Navy. Close encounters happen all the time. It takes something like this I guess to broadcast that you simply do not approach a US Navy warship like that. If that boat made it to within a hundred yards before being shot, they'll do it again and come to 110 to test the boundaries. It's like a game.
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