The Navy says Iran was behind a current drone assault on an oil tanker crossing by worldwide waters within the Center East.
The Liberian-flagged Pacific Zircon was struck on Nov. 15 about 150 miles off the coast of Oman, based on a press release from Jap Pacific Delivery, the homeowners of the vessel.
The Navy recognized the drone that hit the business tanker as an Iranian-manufactured Shahed-136. It’s the similar sort of aerial drone being despatched to Russia to help in its operations in Ukraine, officers mentioned.
The crew of the Pacific Zircon was secure and accounted for after the drone assault.
“There may be some minor harm to the vessel’s hull however no spillage of cargo or water ingress,” Jap Pacific Delivery mentioned on the time.
The Navy mentioned the drone assault tore a 30-inch-wide gap behind the ship, damaging a shipboard boiler, potable water tank and life raft.
The Navy despatched explosive ordnance technicians to the ship to evaluate the harm and accumulate particles from the unmanned aerial automobile for forensic evaluation. In addition they obtained samples of explosive residue for lab testing, officers mentioned.
The proof from the broken tanker was taken to a laboratory in Bahrain on the headquarters of the U.S. fifth Fleet, the place it was recognized as a Shahed-136 UAV. Navy officers mentioned it suits the “historic sample” of Iran’s growing use of such deadly expertise both straight or by proxies all through the Center East.
“The Iranian assault on a business tanker transiting worldwide waters was deliberate, flagrant, and harmful, endangering the lives of the ship’s crew and destabilizing maritime safety within the Center East,” Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of fifth Fleet, mentioned in a press release.
Iran has equipped aerial drone expertise to the Houthis in Yemen that was utilized in assaults earlier this yr towards Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, U.S. officers mentioned.