“We can bravely declare that we observe all enemy ships, particularly Americans, point-by-point from their origin until the moment they enter the region,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said, adding that Iran’s Armed Forces also possess information about the type of their missions and their conduct in the region.
Surveillance images released by the Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) dismissing Washington’s claims of downing an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz indicate that the drone in question was a Mohajer-4 surveillance aircraft. The images, released on Friday, showed the drone monitoring the US navy’s USS Boxer amphibious assault ship along with a fleet of accompanying vessels. The Mohajer-4’s landing skids can be seen in the video. US President Donald Trump claimed on Thursday that the drone had been “immediately destroyed” after it flew to within 900 meters the USS Boxer and ignored “multiple calls to stand down.” The Pentagon claimed the warship had taken “defensive action” against an Iranian drone at 05:30 GMT on Thursday, a claim that was challenged by the IRGC drone’s imagery. But Iran said all of its drones were accounted for. “All drones belonging to Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz … returned safely to their bases after their mission of identification and control,” Abolfazl Shekarchi, a senior Iranian armed forces spokesman, was quoted by Tasnim as saying. He said there was no report of any “operational response” by the Boxer and Iran’s state television broadcast a video showing aerial views of ships that it said disproved the U.S. claim. The television station said the footage, which came from the Revolutionary Guards, and the timing notations indicated the pilotless aircraft was still filming after Washington said it had been downed. The aircraft’s footage demonstrated that the Mohajer-4 continued its