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

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.


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  1. 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.

  2. 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 @

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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

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