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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 19 July 2019 - 12:04 AM

Navy Ship Shoots Down Iranian Drone Over Strait Of Hormuz

STARS AND STRIPES
By CAITLIN M. KENNEY AND CHAD GARLAND
Published: July 18, 2019

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy ship destroyed a drone in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in international waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone approached the ship and “closed within a threatening range,” according to a statement by Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman.

“The ship took defensive action against the [drone] to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew,” according to the statement. The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. local time.

U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Boxer used “counter-drone jamming equipment” to take down the drone, according to a CNN report citing a U.S. official.

President Donald Trump said Thursday at the White House that it was an Iranian drone that threatened the ship.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” he said, adding the drone came within about 1,000 yards of the ship and ignored “multiple calls to stand down.”

The drone was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew,” Trump said.

According to Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, the drone “was assessed to be Iranian.”

Trump called on all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt “freedom of navigation and global commerce.” He also called on other nations to protect their ships going through the strait, a major thoroughfare for the world’s oil, which Iran has threatened to block.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 12:58 AM

Shooting down a drone is easy. Try shooting down a flying carpet … THAT takes some real skill.
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 01:26 AM

Counter drone equipment? I thought we called that M249's :)
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 01:51 AM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 19 July 2019 - 01:26 AM, said:

Counter drone equipment? I thought we called that M249's :)


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 06:26 AM

They used a Marine antidrone jamming system. No ordnance expended, just some electricity.

https://www.thedrive...g-iranian-drone
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 02:37 PM

View PostMikeTexas, on 19 July 2019 - 06:26 AM, said:

They used a Marine antidrone jamming system. No ordnance expended, just some electricity.

https://www.thedrive...g-iranian-drone



Just a nit, but the headling should read "Navy Ship Downs Iranian Drone" because no ordnance was expended. That is unless the jamming system shoots an actual bolt of electricity.
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 03:07 PM

View Postgravelrash, on 19 July 2019 - 02:37 PM, said:

Just a nit, but the headling should read "Navy Ship Downs Iranian Drone" because no ordnance was expended. That is unless the jamming system shoots an actual bolt of electricity.


Since it has no physical presence, a 'bolt of electricity', wouldn't be considered ordnance.
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 05:06 PM

Iran is doing their best Baghdad Bob and denying it. Maybe he’ll be renamed Teheran Tom?
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 05:12 PM

View Postzurg, on 19 July 2019 - 05:06 PM, said:

Iran is doing their best Baghdad Bob and denying it. Maybe he’ll be renamed Teheran Tom?


Since the Iranians have reportedly seized two British ships, I think they are wanting the coveted title of "The Great Persian Parking Lot".
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