Pentagon Says Iran Tried To Make Off With a US Drone Ship

Pentagon Says Iran Tried To Make Off With a US Drone Ship

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( – Although the wrangling surrounding Iran’s rapidly expanding nuclear program resembles a diplomatic game of cat and mouse, there are real-world implications to Washington and Tehran’s ongoing stalemate. For example, the Pentagon recently reported that Iran attempted to make off with a US drone ship.

The US Naval Institute online media agency, USNI News, posted a two-minute clip of the encounter on its YouTube page.

On Tuesday, August 30, the US Naval Forces Central Command issued a press release detailing an encounter between US 5th Fleet vessels and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) in the Arabian Gulf. US officials observed an IRGCN support ship towing a 23-foot Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel (USV).

The USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship, was dispatched to the IRGCN vessel’s location. A Pentagon official said the American ship identified itself and directed the Iranian vessel to release the sea drone. However, it declined to answer, and naval officials sent a Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk helicopter to assist the recovery effort. After a roughly four-hour standoff, the Iranian ship cut its tow line, releasing the Saildrone Explorer without further incident.

Newsweek contributor and syndicated columnist Josh Hammer posted a link to the Naval Central Command press release. He also blasted President Joe Biden’s administration for continuing its efforts to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran in the of its efforts to assassinate US officials.

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