US Navy drone downed as Gulf tensions build

Above: A US Navy RQ-4A, like this one, was shot down on a reconnaissance mission in the Gulf of Oman, after reported Iranian attacks on oil tankers sailing through the Strait of Hormuz the previous week. US Navy

AN IRANIAN surface-toair missile shot down a US Navy RQ-4A unmanned aerial vehicle over the Strait of Hormuz around 2335hrs GMT on June 19.

The head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), Lt Gen Joseph Guastella, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset that had not violated Iranian airspace at any time during its mission. Iranian reports that this aircraft was shot down over Iran are categorically false.

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