On Tuesday, an Iranian drone had an "unsafe and unprofessional interaction" with a U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron 147 that was attempting to land on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
The Super Hornet was operating in international airspace in the Central Arabian Gulf when the incident occurred, according to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (CENTCOM).
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. … This is the 13th unsafe and/or unprofessional interaction between U.S. and Iranian maritime forces in 2017.
As Newsweek reported:
In July, an armed IRGC vessel came within 150 yards of the Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Thunderbolt, resulting in the U.S. vessel firing a series of warning shots. A month earlier, an Iranian vessel trained a laser on a U.S. CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter and turned its spotlight on the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan.
Pentagon spokesman U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis had previously stated there had been 35 incidents of such behavior by Iranian vessels in 2016.