I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today, involving #USSBoxer, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship. The BOXER took defensive action against an Iranian drone…. pic.twitter.com/Zql6nAUGxF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019
The drone was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew,” the president acknowledged, together with that the US “reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities, and interests.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif suggested reporters on the UN headquarters in New York he had “no information about losing a drone today,” and was able to hearken to from military authorities.
The Boxer sailed into the Persian Gulf earlier in the day, following the research that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps had seized the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah and its 12-man crew.
JUST IN: USS Boxer, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, loaded with 2,000 Marines and dozens of helicopters just entered Persian Gulf following Strait of Hormuz transit hours after Iran says it seized oil tanker carrying 'smuggled fuel' and 12-man crew (U.S. Navy file photo) pic.twitter.com/1wZ0hojhM4
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) July 18, 2019
The aircraft supplier USS Abraham Lincoln and the accompanying job drive – which have been rehearsing a possible strike in opposition to Iran for the earlier two months – are nonetheless in the Arabian Sea, conducting search and rescue operations for a missing sailor.
Trump is moreover known as on totally different worldwide places to “condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce” in the Strait of Hormuz, a vital worldwide supply lane for the transport of oil from the Persian Gulf.
Washington has known as for a worldwide “coalition” to patrol the strait.