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09 August 2017, 12:26 | Kara Nash
A U.S. Navy F A-18 Super Hornet takes off from the flight deck of the USS George Washington
The two aircraft - an Iranian QOM-1 and a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet - came within 100 feet of one another as the Super Hornet circled above the USS Nimitz, officials said, noting the pilot was forced to make a sudden maneuver to avoid crashing into the drone.
The near-collision marked the "13th unsafe and/or professional interaction between US and Iranian maritime forces" this year, according to the Navy and Central Command statements. However, while the incident ended with no issues, it is concerning that anyone could get a drone or any other aircraft this close to a U.S. Navy fighter jet.
A statement released by the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said that the small drone's actions were risky and failed to follow global maritime laws and customs.
The drone came within 100 feet below the aircraft and 200 feet to the side of the aircraft.
The jet was still several thousand feet above the Nimitz.
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