Iran flew a drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf recently. The drone incident occurred on the same day that Iran seized 10 American sailors whose boats had strayed into Iranian waters. The sailors were released the next day.
A U.S. Navy helicopter launched from the USS Harry S. Truman to determine if the drone was weaponized.
It was determined by the Navy that the Iranian drone was only a surveillance drone and not weaponized. "Because the UAV was unarmed and posed no risk to the carrier's flight operations (since it wasn't flying at the time), we determined that ... the Iranian UAV's actions posed no danger to the ship," Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet said in his statement. "It was however, abnormal and unprofessional."
Iran has broadcast video on local television that has been billed as capturing the incident.
Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported that in addition to the drone's surveillance mission, "a Qadir-class submarine belonging to the Iranian Navy was also deployed close to the US aircraft carrier with a mission to gather intelligence and capture video of the U.S. vessel's moves."
The report claimed that "the Iranian submarine managed to take clear pictures of the aircraft carrier without catching the attention of the staff on board."
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