WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces analyzed debris on Nov. 22 and found that Iranian-made drones, the same type that Tehran supplied Russia with to invade Ukraine, were flying off the coast of Oman once a week. It said it had concluded it had been used to attack a commercial tanker. in front.
The US Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet has released photos and details of its investigation of the attack on the Liberian-flagged Pacific Zircon tanker, including debris from the Shahed-136 drone itself.
The Navy said in a statement that the drone had created a 30-inch (76 cm) wide hole in the rear of the ship and that the impact of the explosion damaged the ship’s boiler, drinking water tanks and life raft.
“Iran’s attack on a commercial tanker transiting international waters was deliberate and flagrantly dangerous, endangering the lives of the ship’s crew and destabilizing maritime security in the Middle East.” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Navy in the Middle East. , said in a statement.
The Gulf has seen attacks on tankers in recent years at a time of heightened regional tensions with Iran. In July 2021, a suspected drone attack on a petroleum product tanker controlled by an Israeli company off the coast of Oman. Iran has denied accusations of responsibility.
Reporting by Phil Stewart Editing by Tomasz Janowski
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