Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Boxer load ammunition for a 25mm chain gun on July 10. Navy photo

President Trump announced Thursday that the USS Boxer, a San Diego-based amphibious assault ship, destroyed an Iranian drone that came too close.

The Boxer was operating in the tense Strait of Hormuz at 10 a.m. local time when the fixed-wing drone came within 1,000 yards and ignored multiple calls to leave.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said. “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”

The Pentagon said the drone was destroyed by a sophisticated electronic jammer, but the Boxer is also armed with a variety on anti-aircraft guns and missiles.

Last month Iran shot down a giant U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone that it claimed was flying over Iranian airspace, nearly prompting a retaliatory strike.

The Boxer deployed from San Diego on May 1 with two other amphibious ships and 4,500 sailors and Marines.

Updated at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.