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President Trump confirmed that the USS Boxer shot down an Iranian drone today in the Strait of Hormuz.
“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and ship’s crew,” Trump said while speaking at a White House flag presentation ceremony with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump noted, without elaborating.
BREAKING: US has “destroyed” an Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz, President Trump says; asserts that the drone ignored warnings from USS Boxer to stand down as it neared the ship. pic.twitter.com/oQh9ZuhCju
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 18, 2019
“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran vessels operating in international waters,” Trump continued.
“The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce,” Trump said.
“I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait [of Hormuz] and to work with us in the future,” he concluded.
Author: Laura Widener
Source: American Military News: US warship shoots down Iranian drone, Trump confirms