Bab al-Mandab, Yemen
28 September 2023

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command announced that the previous day, “Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) interacted in an unsafe and unprofessional manner with a U.S. AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter… as the aircraft was conducting routine operations in the international airspace of the Arabian Gulf”, adding: “IRGCN vessels shone a laser multiple times at the aircraft while in flight. Fortunately, no injuries were reported and the aircraft was not damaged”.

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