Iran “Highly Likely” Behind Attacks on Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman, U.S. Navy Responds
The U.S. Navy has responded after two oil tankers were damaged in a suspected torpedo attack in the Gulf of Oman.
Fox News reports:
The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet told Reuters it was assisting two tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls. Details of the incident were unclear, but one of the operators made an unconfirmed report that a torpedo had hit its ship, Reuters reported.
“We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m.,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said. The Fleet did not blame anyone for the attack.
One of the vessels involved was identified as the MT Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged but Norwegian-owned crude oil tanker carrying naphtha, a petrochemical product, to Japan.
A U.S. official told CBS News that it was “highly likely Iran caused these attacks.”
Iran claimed that it rescued 44 sailors from the two ships, an assertion the U.S. official says is “patently false.”
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