US Navy: Ship fired warning shots at Iranian craft in December

The US Navy said Friday that one of its ships had fired warning shots at a small Iranian boat in the Strait of Hormuz in December during one of two serious encounters with such craft that month. It was the first official confirmation that the United States had fired warning shots in any recent confrontation with Iran in the Gulf. The USS Whidbey Island fired the warning shots on December 19 in response to a small Iranian boat that was rapidly approaching it, said a US Navy official.