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Reports: Iranian oil tanker attacked off Saudi Arabia

Reports: Iranian oil tanker attacked off Saudi Arabia

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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- An Iranian oil tanker was struck by assumed rockets off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea on Friday, Iranian officials said, becoming the latest maritime incident in the area as tensions between Tehran and Washington skyrocket. The National Iranian Tanker Company said its oil tanker, Sabity, was hit by rockets some 60 miles from the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah as it was passing through along the Red Sea, the state-run IRNA reported. All crew onboard are reportedly safe and the ship is in stable condition only sustaining surface damage, the report said. According to officials, there were two explosions on the vessel, causing damage to its main tanks, resulting in oil spewing into the ocean, Iran's semi-official Press TV reported. The NITC said the explosions...
U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 tanker drone completes first test flight

U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 tanker drone completes first test flight

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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft successfully completed its first test flight, manufacturer Boeing Co. announced this week. The tanker drone completed its two-hour flight at its test program base at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., on Thursday, the company said in a press release. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and takeoff, and then flew a pre-determined route to demonstrate its basic flight functions and operations, and communications with the ground control station. The carrier-based aircraft is designed to fuel fighter planes in midflight without the aid of a pilot, extending the combat range of deployed F/A-18, EA-18G and F-35C planes. "Seeing MQ-25 in the sky is a testament to our Boeing and Navy team working the t...
Oil tanker at centre of US power struggle departs Gibraltar

Oil tanker at centre of US power struggle departs Gibraltar

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An Iranian oil tanker detained off Gibraltar early last month left the British territory and was headed through the Mediterranean towards Greece on Monday.Tehran warned any attempt by the US to seize the Adrian Darya 1 again would be met with "heavy consequences". The vessel, previously known as the Grace 1, left anchorage off the British territory at around 11pm local time on Sunday, Refinitiv shipping data showed.The tanker slowly steered southeast toward a narrow stretch of international waters separating Morocco and the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.Its destination was not immediately clear, but tracking data suggested it was travelling in the direction of Kalamata in Greece. Advertisement ...
Iran tanker row: Gibraltar rejects US request to detain ship

Iran tanker row: Gibraltar rejects US request to detain ship

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Gibraltar has rejected a request by the US to again seize an Iranian tanker that it has been holding since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria.The US made the last-minute request on Friday, a day after Gibraltar lifted its detention order against Grace 1.Gibraltar said it could not comply with Washington's request to issue a new detention order because US sanctions against Iran did not apply in the EU.The tanker is due to leave Gibraltar later on Sunday, Iran's UK envoy says.Tehran said it was ready to dispatch its navy to escort the ship, which has had its named changed from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya 1. Iran, tankers and the Gulf crisis explained What's so important about a ship's flag? T...
Iranian state media releases footage of oil tanker seizure

Iranian state media releases footage of oil tanker seizure

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By Sharon Marris, news reporter Footage showing the moment Iran's Revolutionary Guard seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz has been released - with the UK describing the incident as a "hostile act".The video, released by Iranian state media, shows armed troops wearing ski masks sitting in a helicopter as it hovers above the Stena Impero. Several of them are then seen rappelling onto the ship's deck as speedboats surround the oil tanker. Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the Stena Impero, which was not carrying cargo, had been in Omani waters when it was stopped by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on Friday afternoon. Image: Footage released by Iran shows armed troops rappelling onto...