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U.S. Navy sends destroyer after Iran seizes cargo ship

The USS Farragut, seen here, was dispatched to the Persian Gulf Tuesday after Iranian forces seized a cargo ship, prompting its shipmaster to send a distress signal picked up the U.S. Navy.U.S. Navy

The USS Farragut, seen here, was dispatched to the Persian Gulf Tuesday after Iranian forces seized a cargo ship, prompting its shipmaster to send a distress signal picked up the U.S. Navy.

The Navy has dispatched the USS Farragut after receiving a distress calls from a cargo ship boarded by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz Tuesday, the Pentagon said.

There were initial reports that the ship, the MV Maersk Tigris, was carrying 34 Americans on board, but the Pentagon denies those claims.

The vessel, flying under the Marshall Islands’ flag, was directed by Iranian forces to “divert further into Iranian waters,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said, according to CNN.

The shipmaster declined, and an Iranian patrol craft fired shots across the cargo ship’s bow.

PHOTO 19 OF A 23-PICTURE PHOTO GALLERY A FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015 FILE PHOTOEbrahim Noroozi/AP

Iranian forces, seen here during a training session this month, boarded a cargo ship headed for the Persian Gulf Tuesday, prompting the U.S. Navy to dispatch a destroyer to the site.

“The master then complied and diverted under escort by (Iranian) vessels,” Warren said.

In response to the ship’s distress call, the U.S. sent the Farragut destroyer, which was about 60 miles away. Navy planes were also dispatched to provide aerial monitoring in the Persian Gulf.

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