An Iranian patrol boat approached a U.S. aircraft carrier, backing down within two miles from the USS Abraham Lincoln. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports from the USS Abraham Lincoln now overseas tonight in a place where any new trouble really could send oil prices soaring, the US Navy is making a statement to Iran in a critical oil shipping lane , the strait of hormuz .
Jim Miklaszewski is in those waters tonight, getting a chance to see life onboard a US carrier, the "USS Abraham Lincoln " where he got a close up view of some potentially dangerous close encounters.It was daybreak as the US aircraft carrierAbraham Lincoln got under way, led by a destroyer and a missile cruiser, high-powered protection, the carriers run through the strait of hormuz .
As expected, the Iranian military came out for a look. An F-27 plane makes a leisurely pass. Shortly after, the bridge on the Lincoln crackled to life.
Looks like he's out two miles.
An Iranian patrol boat was closing in fast. Within two miles of the carrier, the Iranian boat finally backed off. Lincoln 's commander, Captain John Alexander, says his biggest worry is that incidents like this could eventually lead to a fatal miscalculation.
They have the ability to take a shot at me at some point and that's what I worry about.
It's a legitimate concern. We've now entered the most dangerous stretch of waters here for the American forces . Just beyond that horizon is the largest gathering of heavily armed Revolutionary Guard fast boats, Iranian submarines armed with torpedos and an entire shoreline of anti-ship cruise missiles .
But Vice Admiral Mark Fox says the US military is prepared for anything Iran throws at them. We're ready today. You're ready today, this is the world we live in.
What if it happened tonight? What would we do? We're prepared today, prepared for any potential miscalculation.