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Iran Airs Video Said to Show March Encounter with San Diego-Based Carrier

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    Iran Airs Video Said to Show March Encounter with San Diego-Based Carrier
    U.S. Navy
    Aircraft, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is currently underway for a regularly scheduled deployment in the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony J. Rivera/Released)

    Iran's state TV has broadcast footage purporting to show a close encounter between the Revolutionary Guard's navy and the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt 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 Theodore Roosevelt is homeport at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

    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."

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