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US Navy probe: Iranian Shahed-136 drone struck Israeli-owned tanker

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Evidence gathered by the US navy from a drone attack on an Israeli owned oil tanker (US Navy)
Evidence gathered by the US navy from a drone attack on an Israeli owned oil tanker (US Navy)

The US Navy confirms a drone that struck an Israeli-owned oil tanker off the coast of Oman last week was an Iranian Shahed-136, the same model Iran has supplied Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine.

The US Fifth Fleet says it gathered evidence aboard the Pacific Zircon after it was struck on November 15.

The evidence was analyzed at a lab at the fleet’s headquarters in Bahrain and identified as a Shahed-136, the US Navy says.

“The Iranian attack on a commercial tanker transiting international waters was deliberate, flagrant and dangerous, endangering the lives of the ship’s crew and destabilizing maritime security in the Middle East,” says Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of US Naval Forces Central Command.

On Sunday, Israel’s National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata visited the fleet’s headquarters and received a briefing from Cooper.

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