© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Tanker Pacific Zircon is seen at sea close to Isle of Wright, Britain on this undated handout image. David Potter/Handout through REUTERS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. navy on Tuesday mentioned particles evaluation has concluded that the identical kind of Iranian drone that Tehran has equipped to Russia for its invasion of Ukraine was used to assault a industrial tanker off the coast of Oman every week in the past.
The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based fifth Fleet printed pictures and particulars of its investigation into the assault on the Liberian-flagged Pacific Zircon tanker, together with particles from the Shahed-136 drone itself.
In an announcement, the Navy mentioned the drone ripped a 30-inch-wide (76 cm) gap into the again of the ship, and the explosive affect broken a shipboard boiler, potable water tank and life raft.
“The Iranian assault on a industrial tanker transiting worldwide waters was deliberate, flagrant and harmful, endangering the lives of the ship’s crew and destabilizing maritime safety within the Center East,” Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the highest U.S. Navy commander within the Center East, mentioned in an announcement.
Gulf waters have in recent times seen assaults on tankers which have come at occasions of heightened regional tensions with Iran. In July 2021, a suspected drone assault hit a petroleum product tanker managed by an Israeli agency off Oman’s coast. Iran denied accusations it was accountable.