Iranian drone comes within 100 feet of US Navy jet

Iranian drone comes within 100 feet of US Navy jet

The U.S. denounced a move by an Iranian drone that flew within 100 feet (30 meters) of a U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jet that was preparing to land Tuesday on an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Gulf.

Takeoffs and landings at sea are inherently risky under normal circumstances, requiring extreme concentration and precision to avoid calamity.

The aircraft from the Nimitz are conducting regular sorties for Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, but a US military official could not say whether this jet was returning from one of those missions.

In a statement, U.S. Central Command declared the incident "unsafe and unprofessional", calling it was a breach of global maritime customs and laws.

The Navy has called this new incident between iranian forces and the us navy in the Persian Gulf as "unsafe and unprofessional".

In June, the United States downed two Iranian-made drones that the Pentagon said were approaching American-backed troops on the ground in Syria. Officials at CENTCOM's headquarters in Tampa declined to address follow-on questions.

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The Super Hornet "did a roll over" the drone to avoid collision, a Naval official told Navy Times. The Nimitz is home ported in San Diego.

The U.S. used an emergency radio frequency in the immediate area to warn those operating the drone to back away. Iran, which holds the northern shoreline, views US presence as a provocation.

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.

Such run-ins are becoming more frequent.

The drone's make was not specified but may have been similar to this Iranian Shahed-129, seen past year.