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(FARSI ISLAND OP)--Following reported locally--
Four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional."
"The Iranian high rate of closure...created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation including additional defensive measures by Nitze," the official said.
The IRGC, the Islamic Republic's praetorian guard, is suspicious of U.S. military activity near Iran's borders. The Guards operate land and naval units separate from the regular armed forces and stage frequent war games in the Gulf, which separates Iran from its regional rival Saudi Arabia and a U.S. naval base in Bahrain.
Commander Paul KaylorCommanding Officer
A native of Kennerdell, Pennsylvania, Cmdr. Paul Kaylor enlisted
in the Navy in 1986 as an undesignated fireman. Kaylor soon became a Gas Turbine
Systems Technician (Mechanical) and was selected for Chief Petty Officer in
1995. Kaylor commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program in April
1998, and converted to Surface Warfare Officer in 2005
Kaylor completed his early sea assignments aboard the USS
Haleakala (AE-25) in Apra Harbor, Guam, USS Antietam (CG-54) in Long Beach,
California, and USS Wadsworth (FFG-9) and USS John Young (DD-973) in San Diego,
Following commissioning, Kaylor served as Main Propulsion
Assistant aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) and USS Dubuque (LPD-8) in San
Diego, California. As a Department Head, he served as Engineering Officer aboard
USS McCampbell (DDG-85) in Yokosuka, Japan and USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) in San
Diego, California. He reported to USS Nitze (DDG 94) as Executive Officer in
March 2014, and became the Commanding Officer in October 2015.