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Iran Building Drone Aircraft Carrier from Converted Merchant Ship, Photos Show

Iran Building Drone Aircraft Carrier from Converted Merchant Ship, Photos Show

November image circulating on Iranian social media showing Shahid Mahdavi in Bandar Abbas. H I Sutton Photo Illustration

In a dry dock near the entrance to the Persian Gulf, Iran’s sectarian naval force is converting a former merchant container ship into a drone aircraft carrier, according to satellite and open source photos published last week by USNI News contributor H I Sutton. Read More

Iranian Patrol Boat Harasses Pair of U.S. Warships, Says CENTCOM

Iranian Patrol Boat Harasses Pair of U.S. Warships, Says CENTCOM

The expeditionary mobile base platform ship USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) transits the Strait of Hormuz on Oct. 22, 2018. Puller is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. US Navy photo

A pair of U.S. warships were harassed by an Iranian patrol boat during a late evening transit in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. Read More

U.S. 5th Fleet Reveals New Details on Iranian Drone Attack on Tanker

U.S. 5th Fleet Reveals New Details on Iranian Drone Attack on Tanker

Graphic identifying specific debris fragments collected by a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal team aboard M/T Pacific Zircon, Nov. 16. The graphic shows how the collected fragments indicate the unmanned aerial vehicle that attacked the commercial tanker was an Iranian-made Shahed-136. US Navy graphic

An analysis of debris left over from a drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman confirm the drone was Iranian, according to a Tuesday U.S. 5th Fleet statement. Read More

Navy Wants 100 Unmanned Ships Monitoring Middle East Waters by Next Year

Navy Wants 100 Unmanned Ships Monitoring Middle East Waters by Next Year

A Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel (USV) operates with guided-missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) in the Arabian Gulf during exercise Phantom Scope, Oct. 7, 2022. US Navy Photo

The United States and its allies want a force of 100 unmanned surface vessels patrolling waters from the Red Sea into the Persian Gulf by next summer, the commander of U.S. 5th Fleet said on Tuesday. Read More

Iran Temporarily Captures Two U.S. Saildrones in Red Sea

Iran Temporarily Captures Two U.S. Saildrones in Red Sea

A Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel (USV) sails in the Gulf of Aqaba off of Jordan’s coast on Dec. 12, 2022. US Army Photo

The story has been updated to include a statement from the U.S. Navy.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy briefly captured two U.S. unmanned surface vehicles in the Red Sea on Thursday, a U.S. Navy official confirmed to USNI News. Read More

VIDEO: Navy Blocks Iranian Attempt to Steal U.S. Surface Drone in Persian Gulf

VIDEO: Navy Blocks Iranian Attempt to Steal U.S. Surface Drone in Persian Gulf

IRGCN ship Shahid Baziar attempts t o capture a U.S. Saildrone in the Persian Gulf on Aug. 30, 2022. US Navy Image

The post has been updated with additional details.

The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy attempted to capture a U.S. Navy unmanned surface vessel that was operating in the Arabian Gulf on Monday and Tuesday, U.S. 5th Fleet said in a statement. Read More