Iran Claims It Flew Drone Over U.S. Aircraft Carrier

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -

Iranian state media is reporting that the Islamic Republic flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier during an ongoing naval exercise. The report Friday said the drone took pictures of the carrier, without elaborating.

The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which oversees the Persian Gulf from Bahrain, declined to immediately comment Friday. The nuclear-powered USS Harry S. Truman, based out of Norfolk, Virginia, is in the Gulf supporting operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Iran’s navy began a naval drill this week over a 3-million-square-kilometer (1.16-million-square-mile) area including parts of the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.

Iran said Wednesday its navy warned a U.S. warship to leave an area of the naval drill. The U.S. Navy denied being affected.