Trump Confirmed U.S. Warship Destroyed Iranian Drone After Hostile Move

  • President Trump announced on Thursday that a U.S. warship “destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz,” as tensions continue to mount between the two nations.
  • Trump said “the USS Boxer took defensive action after the drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down.” Trump called it an act of hostility by Iran and said the drone threatened the safety of the ship and its crew.
  • Trump defended the move by saying: “The U.S. reserves the right to defend personnel, facilities, interests.”
  • Trump also asked other countries “to condemn what he described as Iran’s attempts to disrupt the freedom of navigation and global commerce in the strategic waterway in the Persian Gulf region.”
  • Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman issued a statement: “At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz.”
  • Hoffman continued: “A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.”
  • In the past, there have been other incidents between Americans and Iranians in the Strait of Hormuz and Iranian drones have flown near U.S. ships before.
  • Last December, “about 30 Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels trailed the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier and its strike group through the strait as Associated Press journalists on board watched.”
  • On Thursday, Iran state TV reported that the Revolutionary Guard had seized a foreign oil tanker with 12 crew members for allegedly smuggling oil.
  • Last month, Iran shot down a U.S. drone that was over Iran, and Trump ordered airstrikes before abruptly calling them off.

Reference Links

  • Fox: Trump: US warship destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz READ
  • NBC: Trump says U.S. Navy ship ‘destroyed’ Iranian drone READ
  • BBC: US shot down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz – President Trump READ
  • YAHOO!: American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz READ

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