US Navy sails drone through the Strait of Hormuz

Israel National News reports: “The US Navy sailed its first drone boat through the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, reported The Associated Press.

The trip by the L3 Harris Arabian Fox MAST-13, a 13-meter speedboat carrying sensors and cameras, drew the attention of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, but took place without incident, said Navy spokesman Cmdr. Timothy Hawkins.

Two US Coast Guard cutters, the USCGC Charles Moulthrope and USCGC John Scheuerman, accompanied the drone, according to the report.

The trip saw the drone safely pass with the accompanying ships through the strait, a busy waterway between Iran and Oman which at its narrowest is just 33 kilometers wide. A fifth of all oil traded passes through the strait, which connects the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman.

‘The Iranians observed the unmanned surface vessel transiting the strait in accordance with international law,’ Hawkins told AP. He said an Iranian drone and at least one Houdong-class fast-attack vessel operated by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard observed the MAST-13 drone…”

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