A U.S Navy ship – the USS Boxer Thursday downed an Iranian drone that came within 1,000 yards of the Navy ship and ignored “multiple calls to stand down.”
This comes in about four weeks after Iran downed unarmed United States military drone – RQ-4A Global Hawk drone.
According to CNN, President Trump said the drone was downed because it was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew” in the Strait of Hormuz and was “immediately destroyed.”
The drone was destroyed using electronic jamming, CNN reported, quoting a US defense official.
The ship was on a routine patrol when the drone approached within 1,000 yards, President Trump said on Thursday.
“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down, and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew. The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said at the White House.
“This was the latest of many hostile and provocative actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters,” he added.
The US “calls on all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce,” President Trump added.
I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today, involving #USSBoxer, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship. The BOXER took defensive action against an Iranian drone…. pic.twitter.com/Zql6nAUGxF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019
According to CNN, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters at the United Nations in New York Thursday that “we have no information about losing a drone.”
The downing of the drone was the latest incident in the escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S. Read more about Iran/US relationship through this link