July 18, 2019 / 8:10 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. military says it took defensive action against drone in Strait of Hormuz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Thursday that the USS Boxer took defensive action against a drone after it came within a “threatening range” in the Strait of Hormuz.

“A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement, which did not say to whom the drone belonged.

Hoffman said the incident took place about 10 a.m. local time as the Boxer was transiting into the Strait of Hormuz.

“The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew,” he added.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney

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