Iranian drone comes within 100 feet of US Navy jet

Katrina Barker
August 9, 2017

An Iranian drone came within 100 feet of a U.S. Navy fighter jet preparing to land on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier in the central Persian Gulf, a situation the Defense Department described as "dangerous".

The drone ignored repeated radio calls, the United States officials said, describing the interaction as "unsafe and unprofessional,"according to Reuters".

In a statement, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said the drone came within a 100-foot perimeter below the aircraft and within 200 feet to either side. The American military said this was the 13th "unsafe" or "unprofessional" interaction between American and Iranian maritime forces this year. There was no response from warning calls over the radio, so the jet fighter took evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with the small craft before finally landing on the USS Nimitz.

A Navy helicopter was launched from the Truman in response and it determined that the Iranian drone was not armed.

A U.S. Navy official told VOA Tuesday the incident was a "single run-in", but the drone had been flying in an area around the carrier for about three hours.

This is not the first time the US Navy has accused Iranian drones of operating unprofessionally while in close proximity to US ships.

In July, a U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel after U.S. officials claimed it closed to within 150 yards (450 feet).

Last month, sailors aboard the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship, fired warning shots near an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps military boat when it sped within 150 yards of the US ship in the northern Persian Gulf.

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