U.S. Navy Investigating Report of Persian Gulf Tanker Attack

Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Navy said it was investigating reports of an attack against a Japanese tanker early Wednesday in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic entryway to the oil-rich Persian Gulf.

A spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain and responsible for American forces in the Gulf, said it was trying to get information from the Japanese ship about what happened. The spokesman said it would release more information when it received it.

The spokesman said that the U.S. was aware of preliminary reports that a Japanese tanker had reported an incident, but said the Navy didn't have any further information.

"Something was reported to have happened," the spokesman said.

The Strait of Hormuz is a heavily monitored waterway that cuts between Iran and Oman. As much as a fifth of the world's daily oil supply makes its way through the strait.

Acts of piracy have increasingly become a worry for international shippers in the region, especially along the eastern coast of Africa. Recently, pirates have attacked as far north as offshore Oman in the Arabian Sea


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