Iranian drone buzzes US Navy jet in Persian Gulf

US Navy F  A-18E

A F/A-18E Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-31) lands on-board the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Gulf on August 12, 2014.

U.S. Central Command said in a release the F/A-18E Super Hornet, which is part of Strike Fighter Squadron 147, was operating in global airspace.

According to Navy officials, this is the 13th "unprofessional" encounter between us and Iranian maritime forces this year.

"The F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1 [Iranian drone] resulting in a lateral separation of approximately 200 feet and a vertical separation of approximately 100 feet", spokesperson Lt. Chloe J. Morgan said in a statement to CNBC.

The drone was not armed, the officials said.

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After Navy personnel used an emergency radio frequency to warn the Iranian drone operators to cease their activity, the unmanned aircraft eventually backed off. Officials characterized the drone encounter as an "unsafe and unprofessional" provocation.

This is the 13th unsafe or unprofessional interaction between USA and Iranian maritime forces in 2017, the officials noted.

The Super Hornet belongs to Strike Fighter Squadron 147, which is deployed aboard the Nimitz from Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.

An Iranian drone came close to a United States fighter jet that was landing on a supercarrier in the Persian Gulf, APA reports quoting Sputnik. Officials, cited by CNN, described the UAV's movements as unsafe.

This latest encounter comes two weeks after the crew on a Navy patrol boat fired at an Iranian military ship that had come within 150 yards of the Americans as they conducted training in the Persian Gulf.

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