US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that a USwarship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.
Speaking at the White House, Trump said that USS Boxer, anamphibious assault ship of the US Navy, destroyed the drone that threatened theUS warship by flying within 1,000 yards of it, Xinhua reported.
Trump said the drone was "threatening the safety of theship and the ship's crew," calling the downing a "defensiveaction".
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman later said in astatement that USS Boxer downed the approaching drone at approximately 10 a.m.during its planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz.
"A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approachedUSS Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive actionagainst the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," said thestatement.