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US officials say Iran is preparing small boats to launch suicide attacks against American ships in the Persian gulf.
National correspondent Steve Centanni reports tonight on one part of the US force in the region that you might not be aware off.
After six Iranians were rescued in the Persian gulf last month even the head of the Coast Guard admitted some folks were puzzled a lot of questions -- the US coast are there.
Former captain of the vessel that save the Iranians explained to fox what happened and how put aside this is the coast guards bread and butter here at home watching rescue boats to save people let's see.
It's extremely -- awarding.
Particularly when you know it might be with with the country and -- that there are tense relations.
Yet in the -- the Coast Guard primarily protects oil platforms of vital to Iraq's fledgling economy.
I don't think a lot of people less so I understand the unique nature of the Coast Guard and how we yeah.
Are both military and a federal law enforcement agency the coast -- relatively small 110 foot cutters go where the navy and Marines can.
Their ship mounted weapons don't hurt either which is why in nine years ago the Pentagon asked the Coast Guard to help out we're operating under international.
Customary international law which allows.
Military vessels to visit -- and search.
Vessels I can't see your name in the gulf vessels not easily identified or applying forbidden waters are checked out most or fishing -- from gulf countries like your -- And sometimes small diplomatic doors are open.
We did it's -- one of our our teams over to to one of a fishing Dow.
And the fisherman we're very excited and eager to see them and they ended up stay you know aboard for awhile and and having tea with them playing cards.
But still the coast guard's mission remains very dangerous -- again be any different than the soldier -- soldier being on the -- And over in Iraq or Afghanistan in 2004 coast Guardsmen was killed by a terrorist attack on the navy vessel.
The painful price of conflict -- even by the least recognized of America's warriors.
Steve Centanni Fox News.
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