via Associated Press.
Iran flew a surveillance drone over aThis is the same Dept of the Navy that is saying that it will challenge China over its territorial claims in the S. China sea but turn chickenshit when it comes to Iranian provocation? I really didn't want to go here, but Iran has a small WEAK fleet in comparison yet we treat them with kit gloves! Why? How many incidents does it take before the powers that be allow the fleet to act like a fleet again?
U.S. aircraft carrier and took "precise" photographs of it as
part of an ongoing naval drill, state television reported
Friday. The U.S. Navy said an unarmed Iranian drone flew near a
French and American carrier on Jan. 12, but couldn't confirm it
was the same incident.
The reported overflight by the unmanned aircraft came after
a series of naval incidents between Iran and the U.S. in the
greater Persian Gulf, including test rocket fire by the Islamic
Republic and its brief capture of American sailors who strayed
into its territorial waters.
The Associated Press could not independently verify the
footage, which shows the drone taking video as it flies over the
flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a
spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet based in Bahrain, said
an unarmed Iranian drone flew near the French aircraft carrier
Charles de Gaulle and "directly over" the USS Harry S. Truman on
Jan. 12 as the vessels were in international waters in the
He said the drone "posed no danger to the ship" as the
unmanned aircraft was unarmed and the carrier wasn't conducting
flight operations at the time. It was unclear under what
conditions the Navy would have prevented the overflight.
"It was, however, abnormal and unprofessional," Stephens
said. He added that the U.S. Navy was "not in a position to
verify the authenticity of the video as there are countless
examples of similar footage to be found on the Internet."