The U.S. Navy is acknowledging an unarmed Iranian drone recently flew over an American aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. The Navy termed the incident “abnormal and unprofessional” in a statement released by U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet spokesman Cmdr.Kevin Stephens. The statement said that on the morning of January 12, an Iranian drone flow toward both the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and the USS Harry S. Truman, both of which were operation in international waters in the gulf.
A Navy helicopter launched from the Truman then determined that the unmanned aerial vehicle wasn’t weaponized. “Because the UAV was unarmed and posed no risk to the carrier’s flight operations (since it wasn’t flying at the time), we determined that … the Iranian UAV’s actions posed no danger to the ship,” Stephens said in his statement. “It was however, abnormal and unprofessional.” FULL REPORT