A Bahrain-based US 5th Fleet spokeswoman had said, “We don’t know for sure where they came from. It could have been a shore station.”
Now the Navy Times and a number of blogs are saying that the voice could have come from a locally famous prankster know as the “Filipino Monkey.”
The voice heard was saying “I am coming to you. You will explode in a few minutes.” The video was showing IRGC boats swarming US warships. Without the audio, however, the action did not seem as “threatening” as originally thought so.
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen said however that the incident show how real Iranian threat is. Adm. Mullen added that, “The problem of Iran is not and should never be considered a purely military problem, but our own military restraint in dealing with that problem should in turn never be confused for a lack of capability.” He continued, “While no shots needed to be fired, there is no doubt in my mind that shots would have been fired had the situation demanded it.”
The Commander of US Central Command, Admiral Fox Fallon, said the threatening radio call heard during an encounter Sunday between US Navy ships and Iranian boats in the Straits of Hormuz “was likely connected to
The radio call was heard over an open frequency often used by mariners to identify themselves and avoid accidents. Admiral Fallon did say that “the voice is very strange. I don't know whether it came from the boats or one of the shore stations. But the timing of it is pretty suspicious. In my mind it is related to the [Iranian] maneuvers.”