The US Navy confirms that an Iranian-made drone attacked a commercial tanker

The US Navy confirms that an Iranian-made drone attacked a commercial tanker
The US Navy confirms that an Iranian-made drone attacked a commercial tanker

The US Navy confirms that an Iranian-made drone attacked a commercial tanker

The US Navy confirms that an Iranian-made drone attacked a commercial tanker

Tuesday – 28 Rabi’ al-Thani 1444 AH – 22 November 2022 CE

An image circulated by the US military of the debris from the Iranian march targeting an oil tanker off the coast of Oman (AFP)

Manama: «Asharq Al-Awsat»

The US military said on Tuesday that analysis of debris proved that a drone of the same type that Tehran supplied to Russia for use in its invasion of Ukraine was used last week to target a commercial tanker off the coast of to attack Oman.
The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, released images and details of its investigation into the attack that targeted the Liberian-flagged tanker Pacific Zircon, including some wreckage from the Shahed 136 drone itself.
The US Navy said in a statement that the drone cut a 30-inch hole in the ship’s stern and that the blast damaged a boiler on the ship, a drinking water depot and a life raft.
“The Iranian attack on a commercial tanker sailing in international waters was premeditated, obvious and dangerous, endangering the lives of the ship’s crew and destabilizing maritime security in the Middle East,” said Brad Cooper, commander in chief of the US Navy in the Middle East an opinion.
Last week, an Israeli official blamed Iran for the attack on the Zircon Pacific, operated by the Israeli-led Eastern Pacific Shipping Company. The company said the attack caused minor damage to the tanker’s hull, with no injuries or spillage of the diesel cargo.
In recent years, Gulf waters have witnessed attacks on tankers amid escalating regional tensions with Iran. In July 2021, a suspected drone struck an oil products tanker operated by an Israeli company off the coast of Oman. Iran has denied accusations that it attacked the tanker.

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