Iran’s semi-official news agent Tasnim News has released footage that it guarantees shows “U.S. warships being carefully examined in the Persian Gulf waters, south of Iran.” The released footage, which is not dated, allegedly reveals a military drone overflying the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and also one more warship, with fighter jets and almost oblivious crew members found on deck.
In response, a U.S. Naval Powers Central Command spokesperson declared that USS Eisenhower had not been in the Persian Gulf since 2016 and that the U.S. was focused on maintaining free passage in the Strait of Hormuz, the sight of prior confrontations between Iran and the U.S.
On Saturday, General Kenneth McKenzie, Commander of US Central Command ( CENTCOM ) on a visit to the Persian Gulf, asserted that “I deem we’ll have the sources required to prevent Iran from taking measures which will be hazardous. We will be able to respond effectively.” Quoted by Sky News Arabia, the general added that “We’re supposed to continue to reach out to our associates and friends in the region to make sure that we make common cause against the threat of Iran.”
The Ababil drone used to take the footage was formulated by the Qods Aviation Industry which was set up by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The drone has an eight-hour and 155-mile flight capacity, it comes from a range of unmanned aerial drones that have been widely exported as well as used in disputes in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.