On April 21, the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) released close drone footage of a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
According to Iranian media, the IRGC shared the footage to demonstrate its state-of-the-art advancements in the field of drone technology. The footage was captured by a four-strong drone squadron. The exact type of the drones was not disclosed.
The footage shows the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) aircraft carrier, sailing alongside the USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF-2) support vessel.
Iran's IRGC drone takes precise footage as it flies over US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf pic.twitter.com/q0xEfoty7v
— Press TV (@PressTV) April 21, 2021
The IRGC didn’t provide any further details on the footage. However, the US Navy Chief of Information noted on Twitter that EA-6B Prowler jets, which were retired in 2015, can be seen in the footage.
This indicated that the footage released by the IRGC was filmed around six to seven years ago. A date seen in the last part of the video reads 16-6-2016.
The IRGC released similar drone footage before. Last September, footage showing the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and other vessels from its strike group in the Persian Gulf were shared by the guards.
The release of such footage is meant to demonstrate the capabilities of the IRGC as well as to warn US troops in the Persian Gulf.