Persian Gulf, 31.08.2022
The U.S. Navy has requested Iran to take back one of its unmanned surface vessel drones that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) had captured and tried to arrest in the Persian Gulf.
The U.S. 5th Fleet observed the IRGCN support ship Shahid Baziar towing a Saildrone Explorer USV around 11 p.m local time on August 29 in an attempt to seize it. The U.S. Navy patrol coastal ship USS Thunderbolt (PC 12) was operating nearby and requested the USV respectfully.
A similar Saildrone Explorer USV to the one Iran attempted to carrest is below.
The Saildrone Explorer USVs are equipped with sensors, radars and cameras for navigation and data collection. The update from the Navy said the technology is available commercially and does not store sensitive or classified information.
U.S. 5th Fleet operates a network of manned and unmanned systems thousands of miles away from the US border, causing tension with countries like Iran.