April 28th, 2010
06:02 PM ET

Iranian plane flies near U.S. carrier

An Iranian navy plane that approached a U.S. aircraft carrier last week was flying as low as 300 feet as it neared the USS Eisenhower, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.

The incident, first reported by CNN on Tuesday, came as Iran was beginning a series of military exercises last week meant to show off their military prowess.

The Eisenhower was on duty in the Gulf of Oman in the northern Arabian Sea, in support of the Afghanistan war efforts, when the Iranian maritime patrol aircraft flew within 1,000 yards of the vessel, according to military officials.

While the encounter was not threatening, it was unusual. U.S. navy ships have regularly encountered Iranian aircraft in the Persian Gulf in recent years, but this encounter took place in the Gulf of Oman, in an area where Iranian jets are seen much less frequently, several Navy officials said.

The officials declined to be identified, citing the extremely sensitive nature of any U.S. military interaction with Iranian forces.

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  1. Stan

    The Iranians are pushing. Unfortunately, it may be necessary for the U.S. Navy to push back.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cajr

    cause god forbid the obama administration would want to upset the muslims by attacking them.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill


      September 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mekhong Kurt

      Don't be stupid. Just look at the number of drone strikes he has authorized - far many more than President Bush, though I in no way mean that as a criticism of the former President. Also, remember when he authorized the Navy to take out the pirates who kidnapped a ship's captain? He has way upped our forces in Afghanistan. If he's "afraid to upset the Muslims," he sure as h*ll isn't SHOWING it.

      September 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BajaJohn

      President Obama's team has taken out more Al Queda and Taliban than the previous incompetents who ruled the military.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave Althaus

    No big deal.......just one more easy target if things ever get hot over there.

    Semper fi,

    April 29, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sandra

    This is a routine fly by Iranians and its been done for years. Don't believe me, ask someone who has been there. The question is: why this is suddenly a national news? This is just another propaganda by warmongers using the media to prepare public to send their children to die for Israel. Wake up!

    April 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. Andrew Toth

    This seems to be a tactic that the Iranians would use; an USA aircraft carrier no doubt should be in area with the USS Eisenhower. I would think that the USS Eisenhower would be able to shot down such a plane if the need arise.

    May 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamann

      The Eisenhower is an aircraft carrier. I'm sure there's quite a few other ships in the area to provide support for the carrier.

      September 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. b.j. Penn

    I say bomb them all its really what they want. Say I am wrong so I can laugh at you people who have no clue whats really going on

    September 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      How insightful. So if we disagree with you you laugh. How old are you? 11.

      September 21, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. CJ

    What's going on is you have no idea what your talking about. There are millions of Iranians who want nothing more than democracy. Get to school. B.J. The short bus is waiting.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • larry


      September 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Shoot that plane down and let them know we are not kidding.

    September 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    I would hate for the Iranian people to get hurt. I would like to see the Iranian people revolt their current government and Im sure our government would help them establish a democracy. Like any other nation, they deserve a chance at freedom from their tyrannical government.

    September 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Les

    We don't want a fight with Iran.... Othe bloggers are right, the Iranian people deserve a better government. They will get it eventually. We do not need to intercede.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. plaintruth

    Well the Irananians have 60 flying upgraded F-14s and 30 Mig 29s. They can still pose a treat...

    September 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Medardus

    This isn't news. It happens all the time. I've seen it happen quite a few times in my time in the Navy. I've got great pictures of a Russian Bear bomber overflying the USS Kitty Hawk. Granted, it had a Hornet on each wing, but still awesome.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. westside

    the conservative minority of both countries are spoiling for a fight. Everybody else is just sick and tired of them.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. B. Lonetree

    To the poster who said this is propaganda for sending more troops to die for Isreal. If you have not figured out the whole picture yet both wars are against Islam not any one country or for Isreal. I am surprized more people have not figured this out.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paul Nesson

    The Iranians will bide their time until they have enriched unough plutonium-THEN WATCH OUT!! A theocracy (crazy)
    with a nuke will be intolerable to the west and China too, The iranian govt will build and test a nuclear device within 6 months and then will be able to thumb their noses at the world

    September 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |