Monday, May 8, 2017

Iranian Surveillance Drones Are Now A Regular Nuisance For U.S. Aircraft Carriers in the Persian Gulf

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. George H.W. Bush is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Hall/Released) Iranian Drones Now Regular Nuisance for Carrier in Persian Gulf

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, Persian Gulf -- Visits from Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles designed for surveillance have become commonplace here, where the Bush and ships from its strike group patrol and launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.

While small Iranian vessels continue to approach the carrier and harass U.S. ships elsewhere in the region, the spy drones appear more regularly, said Capt. Will Pennington, commanding officer of the Bush.

"That is a capability that the entire world is getting, and Iran is no different," he told in an interview. "These aren't small, radio-controlled drones. They're reconnaissance."

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WNU Editor: No details on how close these Iranian surveillance drones are to the U.S. ships in the region, but I suspect the Iranians are testing that boundary every day.

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