Iran attempted to seize an unmanned U.S. vessel Saildrone Explorer in the Persian Gulf, USS Thunderbolt patrol boat and MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter were sent after it

By: Myroslav Trinko | 31.08.2022, 14:32
Iran attempted to seize an unmanned U.S. vessel Saildrone Explorer in the Persian Gulf, USS Thunderbolt patrol boat and MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter were sent after it

According to the U.S. military, Iran tried to hijack a U.S. drone.

Here's What We Know

The incident occurred on the night of August 29 in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. 5th Fleet spotted the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps support ship Shahid Baziar towing an unmanned Saildrone Explorer (USV). The US Navy patrol boat USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) was sent after it, along with an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, which was based in Bahrain. The Iranian vessel eventually let go of the tether and abandoned the sea drone.

Flashback

The Saildrone Explorer is an autonomous vessel that combines wind propulsion, solar-powered meteorological and oceanographic sensors. The drone is designed for long-range data collection missions in harsh ocean conditions. The vessel is 7 meters long and 5 meters high.

Source: Naval News

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