Video shows Iranian Aircraft buzz U.S. Navy Destroyer, warn it to leave exercise area in Strait of Hormuz

Dec 29 2014 - 35 Comments

Footage shows Iranian Naval Aviation Fokker 27 warn a U.S. Navy destroyer to leave training area

Several aircraft belonging to the the Iranian Air Force, Navy and Army are currently taking part in Joint Exercise “Mohammad Rasullollah.”

During the drills, Tehran’s maritime patrol aircraft overflying the Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman have had some close encounters with U.S. Navy and UAE vessels operating in the same waters.

According to Iranian defense expert Babak Taghvaee, a very well-known author of several publications about the Iranian air forces and a regular contributor to some of the most read aviation magazines, the first such encounters occurred on Dec. 25 and 26 when the foreign vessels were spotted by an IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) P-3F serialled 5-8706.

On Dec. 28, an Iranian Naval Aviation’s Fokker 27-400M, serialled 5-2601, carrying journalists “buzzed” the U.S. Navy’s USS Gridley (DDG-101), a Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Footage of the flybys conducted by the Iranian plane close to the American warship including radio communications was later released by FARS News Agency.

Similar encounters occur quite frequently in those waters and are almost routine: you can find several images showing Iranian, Russian or U.S. maritime patrol aircraft overflying foreign ships in the high seas all around the world.

Furthermore, foreign warships cross Iranian territorial waters in the Straits of Hormuz when entering the Persian Gulf, that’s why they are often “inspected” by Iranian Air Force and Navy planes.

Still, the footage in this post is particularly interesting as it is one of the few (if not the only) to let you hear the (quite polite) messages exchanged between the Iranian patrol aircraft and the U.S. warship.

H/T to Babak Tagvaee and for the heads-up. Footage, FARS via B. Tagvaee.


  • Abdullah The Sheik of Tikrit

    No doubt, them americans were shaking in their boots when the mighty Iranians spoke.

  • OG_Locc

    LOL. I’m sure the ship was terrified.

    **cough**Operation Praying Mantis **cough**

  • The Iranians probably were just carrying journalist to prevent themselves from getting knocked out of the skies by American SAM’s

    • Irany

      Ya like what happened in 24 July 1987 to US navy in Persian gulf. War busted the USA.

  • Will Coles

    They should be safe, the US Navy prefers to shoot down civilian Iranian planes.

    • FoilHatWearer

      When you broadcast an F-14 IFF signal (we had recently sold F-14s to Iran), you do so at your peril. It has also never been explained why an aircraft just taking off was decending toward the USS Vincennes.

      • Kowalski77

        According to “mistaken Identity” episode of the aviation documentary series aired by the national geographic, “Mayday” the plane was not sending a F-14 signal nor was it descending towards the ship.

    • FoilHatWearer

      All things considered, answering the damn radio would’ve saved them a whole lot of problems.

  • Hauptmann Wesreidau

    Your Navy is still just as vulnerable.

    • Irany

      You know whats the problem? The problem is that if were gonna have a golf war, were not gonna attack with our navy, just with missiles. So we have a bunch of long range missile and a long border with dozens of strategic islands that are thousands of land-sea missiles on it aiming towards US navy’s and submarines. So we can say in the first day US is gonna lose all her ships and subs. check this out:

      • Patrick Bechet

        What a pathetic video, I’d be embarrassed to show that! Ancient Chinese SSMs fired against oil tankers, silly boats used for amphibious assault, fire prone Kilo subs, ancient Vosper “frigates” like the ones the Yanks sank and damaged in 1988 (Sahand and Sabland?).

        The only danger I see is that the Iranians will believe their own propaganda and think they will stand a chance against the U.S. Military in a war! BTW the USN will not sortie ships into the gulf through chock points during any conflict with Iran. They will stick to the Northern gulf and/or the Arabian Sea and destroy Iran’ forces piece by piece. Iran may have many missiles ( most of dubious quality), but they need targeting data from air assets to use them effectively, which ain’t gonna happen with USAF fighters and E-3s flying from KSA and Qatar and the USN flying from carriers in the Arabian Gulf and possibly the northern gulf. And if you think finding a ship in the gulf is easy even without opposition from U.S fighters, you are clearly totally uneducated in operational matters.

        • Irany

          You know what is pathetic. Pathetic is your government that blocks the searching engines like yahoo and google for searching objects like the destroyer of America that Iran shot it with a missile about 25 years ago and the us navy troops that Iran arrested about 10 years ago and the oil ship that Iran poked a humongous hole in it while 2 US navy were escorting it about 30 years ago with hundred of Reporters that were on the destroyers that came to show that Iran cant stop the ship and defeat US navy.
          So if you call these pathetic why cant you defeat our soldiers in Lebanon (Hezbollah), soldiers that fight with machine guns and some simple rockets. you couldn’t defeat them until they blew your (israel) destroyer ship in to smithereens and now claim that in the next war their planning on conquering Al-Jalil The so called israeli northern state that Palestinian Arabs live in it.
          If this is pathetic so why your government filters the searching engines and stops the world to find the truth. You mean your government is afraid of some pathetic weapons!!!!!
          35 years ago Iran couldn’t even make its own Barbed wire but now she builds satellites and plans to build spaceships. This is trusting in God not what your government writes on its dollars then attack the weak like Haiti. You can watch the Sa’ar photo and think about it.

      • Hauptmann Wesreidau

        A Golf War? Whats a Golf War? Yes, I’m sure those 70’s and 80’s vintage missiles are going to cause real problems for the best trained and best equipped Navy on earth… *rolls eyes*.

        All of your launchers would be completely and quite pathetically vulnerable to air and cruise missile attack. The IRIAF is not even a slight threat to the US military. I think its more likely that your entire AF, missile forces and Navy would be lost in a few short hours. I think Iran could be totally, in military terms, crippled by just a CVBG.

        Anyway, the point is moot, we shall never find this out, because it will never happen. Nobody with a brain would want to see that happen.

        P.S. Oh and by the way, nonsensical propaganda videos are in no way a good foundation to form an opinion on.

        • Irany

          gulf or golf is not a matter for me cause it’s not my first language.
          the best answer for you is:

    • Irany

      And check this out:
      They say Hezbollah attacked Israel navy with Irans Torpedo: and so this happened:

      This is not bad too:(I think it’s Iranian missile)

      Don’t forget this is our territory so we can defend it. Now what u think.

      • Irany

        I apology from everyone. One of the clips is incorrect. the one on
        youtube is right but the other is incorrect. The reason this happened
        was that in many sights it’s famous that this clip refers to Hezbollah
        but it was wrong. It took me time to find out that if it’s right or not.

  • R.Lopaka

    President Obama sure to send a TERSELY worded note to Iran!! Period. Thank goodness US doesn’t have a Cowboy Pres anymore!!! F-27…..I flew on one of those about 30 years ago in Burma. Burma Air. RGN-MDL-RGN.

  • Irany

    Don’t forget the Malaysian plane.

  • flires

    We haven;t learned anything from the USS Stark event. The US ship could not have protected itself given how close the Iranian aircraft was flying. Another Obama “let’s be friends with everyone” approach which will cost lives juts like the death of our ambassador to Lybia…

    • CenterIndependent

      me thinks you watch too much Faux News.

    • Andyj

      Protected itself from what, exactly? US ships always have this suicidal tendency to run into military training zones to both gain intel and be used as a sacrificial chicken to start another war.

  • comodo

    what i notice was that U.S. Navy request from Iranian to keep their distance by moving away, while Iranian get even closer to the point they almost flown above the ship at very low altitude.
    then Iranian told the ship to move away from due to their course was toward Iranian exercise location, then u see the ship making 100 degree turn if not more.

  • George Gallan

    Nothing out of the ordinary here – just a polite request to stay out of the training area where Iranians are shooting live missiles, torpedoes and bombs. There was absolutely no need for any aggression from either side – professionals doing their job.

    • Irany

      In ordinary situation yes but when US navy breaks in to the training area on purpose to show that who’s the superpower and that Iran is no match for America and in return Iranian army shows no fear and gives the us navy warning to exit the training area and learns her some manner (to have respect for other countries governments), so that matters.
      America was never and well never be the chief of the global village.

  • AlexisWolf

    Like wise for the US too, They seem to claim the globe as their territory to police and provoke anyone who desires any independence. You need to bare in mind that international polls show that the world, including a significant portion of Americans, deem the US as the greatest obstacle to peace.

  • Irany

    sa’ar is not one ship to say that you know what it looks like, we have sa’ar 1, 2, 3 and …. so it seams like you don’t know what it looks like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And yes that sa’ar that got terminated I don’t know what it looks like cause now it’s in pieces under the sea. but you can go see the sa’ar 5 image that Hezbollah shot it in 2006 and poked a hole throw it (but it didn’t drown) in internet. For example here

    Go for these images @

  • Irany

    I call those weapons used in Gaza ancient. well ancient or not how come you’re government couldn’t defeat Hamas??
    Don’t say that Israel is not our government because Obama claimed that Israel is the 51st state of America and you’re taxes and weapons go there.
    You can search what Obama said in internet.

  • Hoyadude09

    The USS Gridley gave that Iranian pilot a priceless Christmas gift..the ability to keep breathing. One of these days, he will likely not be so lucky.

  • Andyj

    Government? Blind and brainless lions led by donkeys. You did not win anything. You just messed it all up because you people are stupid.

    If you didn’t push out the Russians from Afghanistan, you wouldn’t of lost billions of your own cash and many hundreds of your lives trying to get those pipelines through it. Your pretences were a lie.

    • Praetorianx

      I never said we did win Anything. I said we plowed through them.

      It would be news to me that we are fighting Russians in Afghanistan

  • Irany

    Sorry for the mistake. I remembered Hezbollah destroying 2 ships from
    Israel in 2006 but While I was searching for the clips in internet I
    found the 2 clips that I’ve put the link above. one of them was correct
    the one that had a link to wikipedia but the other
    wasn’t. sorry that I accused you wrong about this subject about one of
    the ships you were right. I apology from you and every one for giving
    wrong information. The reason this happened was that in many sights
    it’s famous that this clip refers to Hezbollah but it was wrong. It took
    me time to find out that if it’s right or not. The one that explodes and breaks in 2 piece is the wrong one.
    A man sometimes makes mistake but he should be strong enough to apology.

  • FoilHatWearer

    I never said anything Phantom jets. And when somebody is talking about something that “had been recent”, it doesn’t mean they’re talking about yesterday. The F-14 sale to Iran had occurred 10 years before the Vincennes incident, I consider that recent, I don’t know about you.

  • FoilHatWearer

    “Accepted explanation”. The US news media has been steadfastly against ANY use of the military since Vietnam and anything done by the US military is put into the absolute worst light possible, so you’re not being real bright to just blindly believe their explanations. You guys sound like little kids.

  • CaesarInVa

    So what happens if Iran declares the entire Persian Gulf as an Iranian live-fire practice area?