Super Hornet, Iranian drone nearly collide over carrier Nimitz

An F/A-18E Super Hornet had to perform an evasive maneuver to avoid colliding with an Iranian drone Tuesday. (MC3 Paul Kelly/Navy)

Tara Copp

WASHINGTON — An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the aircraft carrier Nimitz had to take evasive measures to avoid an Iranian drone that came within 100 feet of the aircraft in the central Persian Gulf, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday.

The Super Hornet was in a holding pattern at about 1 p.m. Tuesday above the carrier when it nearly collided with the Iranian QOM-1 unmanned aerial vehicle, the official said.

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