Statement Regarding Iranian UAV Unsafe and Unprofessional Interaction with US Navy F/A-18E
(Source: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command; issued August 08, 2017)
While operating in international airspace in the Central Arabian Gulf, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) had an unsafe and unprofessional interaction with an Iranian QOM-1 unmanned aerial vehicle Aug. 8.

Despite repeated radio calls to stay clear of active fixed-wing flight operations in vicinity of USS Nimitz, the QOM-1 executed unsafe and unprofessional altitude changes in the close vicinity of an F/A-18E in a holding pattern preparing to land on the aircraft carrier.

The F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1 resulting in a lateral separation of approximately 200 feet and a vertical separation of approximately 100 feet. The dangerous maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed wing flight operations and at coincident altitude with operating aircraft created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws.

This is the 13th unsafe and/or unprofessional interaction between U.S. and Iranian maritime forces in 2017.

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Second Iranian UAV Incident in a Week "Unsafe and Unprofessional"
(Source: British Forces News; issued Aug 14, 2017)
The flight behaviour of a drone around a US aircraft carrier has been described as "unsafe and professional".

An Iranian UAV came within 1,000 feet of aircraft working with the USS Nimitz while in international waters of the central Arabian Gulf, according to the US Department of Defense.

It comes less than a week after a similar incident, when an Iranian drone allegedly came within 100 feet of a F/A-18E attempting to land on the same aircraft carrier, while in international airspace in the central Persian Gulf.

"An Iranian QOM-1/Sadegh-1 conducted an unsafe and unprofessional approach of USS Nimitz (CVN 68), during fixed wing flight operations, while the aircraft carrier was operating in international waters of the Central Arabian Gulf," said spokesman, Lt Ian McConnaughey.

"Despite repeated radio calls to establish communications and remain clear, the QOM-1's controlling station was unresponsive and the UAV did not use any aircraft navigation lights while it made several passes in close proximity to Nimitz and its escort ships."

Lt McConnaughey went on to say the failure of the UAV to use navigation lights "created a dangerous situation with the potential for collision and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws".

It follows another incident last month, when US Navy ship USS Thunderbolt launched warning fire at an Iranian patrol vessel in the Persian Gulf.

Officials said the Iranians did not respond to warnings from the American vessel, including the use of flares and a whistle, which led the US navy to fire warning shots into the water.

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Iranian Drone Interferes with USS Nimitz Flight Operations
(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Aug 08, 2017)
MACDILL AFB, Fla. --- While operating in international airspace in the central Persian Gulf, an F/A-18E Super Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron 147, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, had an unsafe and unprofessional interaction with an Iranian QOM-1 unmanned aerial vehicle today, U.S. Central Command officials said.

Despite repeated radio calls to stay clear of active fixed-wing flight operations in vicinity of the USS Nimitz, the QOM-1 executed unsafe and unprofessional altitude changes in the close vicinity of an F/A-18E that was in a holding pattern and preparing to land on the aircraft carrier, officials said.

The F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1 resulting in a lateral separation between the two aircraft of about 200 feet and a vertical separation of about 100 feet.

The dangerous maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed-wing flight operations and at coincident altitude with operating aircraft created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws, Centcom officials said.

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

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