Jun 15, 2017
In what may be one of the most dangerous provocations yet against the United States Navy by the Iranians one of their vessels trained a laser beam on the cockpit of a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz. Such an action could be considered an act of war since because it was done at night it could have caused the pilot to lose control and crash.
The helicopter crew responded by firing flares at the enemy vessel. The incident occurred while the U.S. Navy had two warships and a cargo ship in the strait. The Iranian vessel that was a missile ship came within 800 yards of the American vessels.