Iranian Drone Interferes With USS Nimitz Flight Operations

Iranian Drone Interferes With USS Nimitz Flight Operations

Earlier, the USNS Invincible, escorted by the British Royal Navy, experienced a close encounter with high-speed attack ships deployed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, ultimately compelling the USA spy ship and her formation to alter her course.

An Iranian QOM-1 drone buzzed a U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornet trying to land aboard the carrier Nimitz Tuesday. Central Command officials said.

The phase of approach and landing on an aircraft carrier are always a manoeuvre is very hard.

The drone was 200 feet away from the jet and 100 feet away from it vertically, the USA military said.

The aircraft, which belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron 147, was in a holding pattern while preparing to land aboard the carrier Nimitz, officials with U.S. Navy Central Command said. The officials said the Iranian boat approached and came within 150 yards of the USS Thunderbolt, a US Navy patrol ship. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said the carrier fired warning flares as their vessels approached an oil and gas platform in the Persian Gulf. July's incident was, for the a year ago, the closest two vessels from the US and Iran had come within each other.

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. The vessel stopped after being warned to avoid a collision.

The latest incidents come shortly after the US Congress approved new sanctions against Iran.



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