First, Iran captures United States Navy sailors, and now they go ahead and do this?
Are they habitual line-steppers? What happened to the nice little nuclear deal they shook hands on? What happened to the niceties? What happened to the trust? About us.
Iran says it flew drone over US aircraft carrier https://t.co/THArpsXTC1
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 29, 2016
This from the Washington Post:
The U.S. Navy said it didn’t open fire as the drone was unarmed and not threatening the ship’s safety, but the incident again highlighted that tensions remain between America and Iran in Gulf waters despite their recent diplomatic detente.
The Associated Press could not independently verify the footage, published by Iranian state television and the semi-official Fars news agency, which has close ties to the Revolutionary Guard.
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 Persian Gulf.
He said the Navy launched a helicopter that determined the drone wasn’t armed and “posed no danger to the ship” as the carrier wasn’t conducting flight operations at the time. His comments implied that had there been active takeoffs and landings of U.S. aircraft, the situation might have changed.
Stephens went on to say that the incident was “abnormal and unprofessional”.
Here’s the footage they claim they nabbed of the carrier via their tiny little snoopy flying machine: