Venezuela’s defense minister said the armed forces will escort Iranian tankers arriving with fuel to the country.
The Navy will take “lawful defensive measures” against vessels in the Mideast that come within 100 meters of its warships.
All the vessels involved belong to Iranian state-owned or state-linked companies, flying under the Iranian flag.
Authorities said the Konarak was too close to a target and was accidentally hit in an incident that also wounded 15 troops.
Iranian media said the Konarak had been overhauled in 2018 and was able to launch sea and anti-ship missiles.
He said the amphibious assault ship Boxer took defensive action after the drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship.
Trump administration officials said they consider the release of American hostages and detainees to be a high priority.
Tensions rose after the Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers in 2018.
U.S. officials believe they’re making progress in efforts to secure the release from Iran of a detained Navy veteran.
Nearly two dozen more medals are in the works.
The campaign of President Donald Trump released a letter from 235 retired senior officers backing his re-election.
The news comes four years after the Air Force laid out initial plans for what its future fighter jets might look like.
The recent exercises were one of many the Air Force is conducting to test its Advanced Battle Management System.
A veteran of the Marine Corps and Army National Guard, he went through boot camp more than four decades ago.
Cmdr. Robert Arias is at least the third Navy commander removed from his job in recent weeks.