U.S. Military Fires at Small Boat in Persian Gulf

The U.S. Navy says a security team aboard one of its ships fired on a small boat in the Persian Gulf today, killing one person and injuring the other three.

Lieutenant Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, says the USNS Rappahannock issued a series of warnings.

The 30 foot boat disregarded them and continued racing towards the Navy ship. 

Only then, did the USNS Rappahannock resort to lethal force, using a .50-caliber machine gun.

The course of events are standard procedure when a small boat gets too close to a Navy ship.

Similar boats are used for fishing in the region, though Iran's Revolutionary Guard also employs relatively small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf.

Tensions are already elevated in the Gulf, after Iran renewed threats last week to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz–the route for one fifth of the world's oil, in retaliation for tighter sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program.

Stay tuned as 9&10 News brings you the latest details.