Iranian Drone Buzzes US Navy Fighter Jet During Carrier Landing

Trevor Jackson
August 9, 2017

The US Navy F/A-18E was in a holding pattern as it prepared to land on the USS Nimitz when the drone flew just 100 feet away, an official said.

An Iranian drone comes within 100 feet of of a USA fighter jet in the Persian gulf, prompting the jet to take necessary action to avoid collision. The drone prompted the plane to repeatedly make evasive maneuvers to avoid the drone.

Three days earlier in the gulf, the USS Thunderbolt fired multiple warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat believed to be operated by the IRGC. Central Command officials said. It did eventually move off.

"The risky maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed wing flight operations and at coincident altitude with operating aircraft created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with worldwide maritime customs and laws", the statement said.

According to the commander, this is the 13th incident as "unsafe and unprofessional" since the beginning of the year in this sector.

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The Navy official also indicated this incident marked "the 13th unsafe and/or unprofessional interaction between US and Iranian maritime forces" so far this year.

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

That was the second time this year that a U.S ship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf.

Officials have hit out against the "unsafe and unprofessional" pilot of an Iranian drone after it came close to striking a U.S. jet in the Gulf.

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