On July 18, Amphibious warship USS Boxer (LHD-4) took down an Iranian drone, the US claimed. According to the US version of the events, the drone threatened the ship as it entered the Persian Gulf.
â€śAt about 10 a.m. local time, Boxer was transiting Strait of Hormuz when an Iranian fixed-wing drone approached the ship, a defense official told USNI News.
The crew of the ship took â€śdefensive action against the unmanned aerial system to ensure the safety of the ship and the crew,â€ť the official said.
The official would not detail the method in which Boxer downed the drone. The ship is armed with RIM-7 Sea Sparrow short-range anti-ship missiles, and the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) and Phalanx CIWS point defense weapons systems. Additionally, the Navy and the Marine Corps have begun to field a wide variety of non-kinetic systems capable of downing a drone by other means. News of the intercept first came from a press event at the White House in which President Donald Trump told reporters of the downing of the Iranian drone.
â€śThis is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions against vessels operating in international waters,â€ť Trump told reporters in the White House on Thursday afternoon,â€ť USNI News reported.