Iranians up their game: New nocturnal drone encounter interferes with carrier flight ops

Iranians up their game: New nocturnal drone encounter interferes with carrier flight ops
An FA-18E Super Hornet from USS Theodore Roosevelt operates over the Med, April 2017. (Image: USN, Aaron B. Hicks)

[Ed. – Past time to just knock these things down.  This was on Tuesday the 8th, according to an earlier (unconfirmed) report I saw.]

An unarmed Iranian drone shadowed a U.S. aircraft carrier at night and came close enough to F-18 fighter jets to put the lives of American pilots at risk, the Navy said Tuesday, reporting the second such tense encounter within a week.

The Iranian Sadegh drone flew without any warning lights during the encounter Sunday night with the USS Nimitz, said Lt. Ian McConnaughey, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

The drone did not respond to repeated calls over the radio and came within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of U.S. fighters, he said.

That “created a dangerous situation with the potential for collision and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws,” McConnaughey said in a statement.

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