The Iran circus
The official says the Iranian jet buzzed a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Eisenhower, coming within about 1,000 yards of the ship ( 3 times ). The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said the April 21 incident occurred in international waters.
The jet was described as a maritime patrol aircraft generally used for surveillance.
The US Fifth fleet and USS Eisenhower refrained from shooting an Iranian spy plane ( 250 ft ) collecting intelligence from the American carrier on April 21 because they are under orders not to respond to hostile Iranian acts without permission direct from Washington. Gulf governments fear US military passivity will encourage