This Seahawk helicopter FLIR video shows Iranian vessel firing rockets near a U.S. aircraft carrier

Jan 10 2016 - 6 Comments

This video shows that an Iranian ship actually fired rockets near USS Harry S. Truman.

As reported by several media outlets on Dec. 26, 2015 an Iranian vessel approached aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz and fired rockets in a direction away from the American flattop.

According to some U.S. Central Command officials, 20 minutes before the incident occurred, the Iranians announced over maritime radio that they would carry out a live-fire exercise.

Few days later Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ spokesperson Gen. Ramezan Sharif claimed that none of its ships fired rockets near the American flattop.

But, as reported by, a video of the incident released on Jan. 9, 2016 by U.S. Navy officials to Military Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act request proves that Gen. Sharif statement was wrong.

In fact, as shown by the following Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) footage taken by a U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter operating from the U.S. aircraft carrier, an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) fired several unguided rockets near the USS Harry S. Truman and other Western warships and commercial craft.

Noteworthy this is not the first interaction between Iranian forces and the U.S. Navy, but while these “encounters” are usually professional, this last one was not, since the event was contrary to efforts to ensure freedom of navigation and maritime safety in the global commons.

A claim confirmed by Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, who affirmed that even though the rockets traveled away from the carrier, firing weapons “so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional and inconsistent with international maritime law.”

  • Camille Ratel

    il faut en 2016 raser définitivement DAECH!!!!!

  • Camille Ratel

    la coalition en a les moyens!!!!!!!

  • Holztransistor

    What I see in the video is an oil tanker and not an aircraft carrier. It’s also interesting that comments for this video have been disabled on YT. Like the publisher doesn’t want people to write what I wrote. The Strait of Hormuz is usually a very crowded place. So if Iran is bold enough to start maneuvers there it’s inevitable that other ships, commercial and military, are in close vicinity.

    AP has a YT upload of the video with comments:

  • Islam :- the religion of spin

    The americans had 20minutes to announce they too were doing a live firing exercise, this would have given the Iranians enough time to back down or have their missiles shot down,,
    Of course they would be using Iranian style diplomacy and in international waters …….

    You have to admire their “alla ackbar”, basic fizz boat vs the most sofisticated warship in the world

  • Marco

    “Gen. Ramezan Sharif claimed that none of its ships fired rockets near the American flattop
    …in response to a Freedom of Information Act request proves that Gen. Sharif statement was wrong”

    Well, I see
    an oil tanker… I see some small boats… I see flashes indicating rocket launches
    from the small boats, but I do not see an aircraft carrier nor any other military ship. I reckon it’s
    possible there were also military ships close by, we cannot know from this video, still this video itself shows nothing about the claimed incident.

    And by the way, what kind of naval weapon is it? I mean unguided rockets from ships? The
    only thing I can think about is antisubmarine weapons such as ASROC and others.

  • amin bjtalebi

    I am Not expert but i see from footage distance from is too much , if you look closer to that picture you will see RNG 11,392 Y which is equal to 6.47 mile.(from my point of view this is not short distance).