Iran blasts mock U.S. aircraft carrier in ‘war games,’ boasts Naval capabilities

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Iran blasted its mock-up of a U.S. aircraft carrier during naval drills on Wednesday, swarming the target with 100 speedboats armed with rockets, shoulder-launched missiles and mortars as well as striking it with cruise missiles, according to reports from Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

Iran said the aircraft carrier target was a full-size replica of the USS Nimitz.

“Iranian naval forces displayed their skills in targeting enemy vessels and destroyed a mock U.S. aircraft carrier during the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy’s massive Payambar-e Azam 9 (The Great Prophet 9) wargames in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz,” read a video caption on Fars’ website.

When U.S. officials first learned of the existence of the mock carrier last year, one described it as more akin to a Hollywood set than an actual warship.

But the symbolism is clear. Nimitz-class carriers are the centerpiece of U.S. naval forces, and the largest warships in the world.

Mine-laying exercises were also part of the war games, according to the Fars report.

Rear Adm. Ali Fadavi, commander of the Iranian naval forces, described that portion of the games as “the most important concern of the Americans.”

“We have the most advanced sea mines which cannot be imagined by the Americans,” he is quoted as saying in the Fars report.

Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, lieutenant commander of the Revolutionary Guard, said Iran wasn’t showing off all its capabilities during the games, according to a Fars report.

“We have capabilities which will remain covert and hidden before being used in action and we will merely use them in the battlefield,” Salami said in the report.

A U.S. Navy spokesman in Bahrain told the Associated Press that the United States “was not concerned about this exercise.”

“We’re quite confident of our naval forces’ ability to defend themselves,” Cmdr. Kevin Stephens said.

By: Brad Lendon for CNN


  • bob

    Oh, dear. Frightening.

    Meanwhile, Obama is championing a “plan” that would allow Iran to build nuclear weapons in 10 years. They don’t need to bomb fake aircraft carriers. We’ve already surrendered.

  • Tom

    This is such a joke. First of all it’s pretty easy to attack a sitting duck with no one defending it. Secondly the carrier is never alone, they are part of a battle group consisting of subs, frigates, missile boats, and a destroyer.. all on top of the defenses on the carrier and the air wing itself.

    The article also fails to note this was a converted cargo ship to which they added a facade to it. The funniest part of the whole thing is they failed to sink a cargo ship with all that “firepower” they demonstrated.

  • Letskik Therarse

    It’s a ruse and nothing more. Blowing up a smaller-than-scale carrier with NO Battle Group, Air Wing, or Self-Defenses like ALL of the *real* US Carriers have is like stepping on a bug and claiming victory over all insects. They have merely proven that they know how to blow up a floating barge. Let’s hope that they get a chance to experience the *real* power of the USS NIMITZ or any other US Carrier soon!

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