An Iranian news agency has confirmed that Iran 's strong Revolutionary Guard force has managed to fly a surveillance drone over the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier which last week transited through the Strait of Hormuz.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency, deemed near to the paramilitary guard, published pictures of Nimitz pretending to have been captured by Iranian-made drones and showing fighter aircraft parking on the deck of the carrier.
In what was described as a "scheduled maneuver," the Nimitz, and several other warships, passed last Friday through the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most significant chokepoint for oil shipments, the US Navy said.
The Guard took over a shipment of surveillance drones from Iran's defense industries earlier in the day. Gen Hossein Salami said at a ceremony marking the case that the strength of the Guard's navy derives from the joint use of drones, helicopters, aircraft and warships.
The Guard has occasionally published pictures of US vessels in the Persian Gulf over the past decade, where the force has been in charge since 2007 of protecting Iran's interests. Similar images have been published in 2019, reportedly from a Guard drone that flew over the USS Dwight D Eisenhower and another Persian Gulf American warship.
“We are in war, we are in an economic war,” said Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, citing the US sanctions as the cause of the economic warfare.