By Hugo Gye
U.S. official insists vehicle did not carry weapons or surveillance cameras
A U.S. naval drone has been found floating off the coast of the Philippines – hundreds of miles away from the nearest American military base.
The fishermen who found the 10ft orange device originally reported that it could have been a bomb, prompting local officials to send munitions experts out into the sea.
But when it was determined to be safe, the unmanned aerial vehicle was taken into the care of the Filipino navy.
The BQM-74E drone, marked ‘Navy’, was found by a diver and fishermen on Sunday off the coast of Masbate Island, towards the centre of the island chain.
A Filipino naval officer said officials did not know how the UAV ended up near the island, more than 200 miles from the capital Manila.
The drones are frequently used by the U.S. military as targets during training exercises and weapons testing.