U.S. Central Command also noted how this was just one more instance of Iran trying to instigate instability in the region. “The professionalism and competence of the crew of the USS Thunderbolt prevented Iran from this illegal action. This incident once again demonstrates Iran’s continued destabilizing, illegal, and unprofessional activity in the Middle East,” a statement from the CENTCOM commander Gen. Michel “Erik” Kurilla read.
[2 of 3] Here is a video showing support ship Shahid Baziar, from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy unlawfully towing a U.S. Saildrone Explorer unmanned vessel in international waters of the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 30. pic.twitter.com/12qveGsJS7— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) August 30, 2022
In an official statement, Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, also addressed the incident, pointing out the inappropriate boldness of the Iranian Navy. “IRGCN’s actions were flagrant, unwarranted and inconsistent with the behavior of a professional maritime force,” Cooper said, DVIDS reported. “U.S. naval forces remain vigilant and will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows while promoting rules-based international order throughout the region.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Here is a statement from the CENTCOM commander on an attempted seizure of a U.S. unmanned vessel by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy.[1 of 3] pic.twitter.com/oEPsH2gsgK — U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) August 30, 2022