Iran Airs Video Said to Show Encounter with US Carrier Roosevelt

An aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Eight launches from the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (Getty Images)
An aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Eight launches from the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (Getty Images)

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's state TV has broadcast footage purporting to show a close encounter between the Revolutionary Guard's navy and the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) early this year.

PressTV's website says the encounter occurred March 21 in the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea. The TV agency says the video was aired Saturday as part of a documentary.

The footage is likely meant as a show of strength amid new U.S. sanctions on Iran and the Trump administration plans to bring Iranian oil exports down to zero.

In the video, Guard speedboats are seen closing in on the U.S. carrier.

Iranian sailors then warn the Americans over radio communication to "keep well clear" of the Guard patrol boats and say they advise the Americans to "refrain from the threat or use of force in any manner."

Four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels harass the guided missile destroyer USS Nitze by conducting a high-speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze despite repeated warnings as Nitze transited international waters in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz. (Video courtesy U.S. Navy)

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