Iran Builds Mock Carrier For Live-Fire Drills As Tensions Rise With US

Iran has now apparently built a mock US aircraft carrier, presumably to be used for live-fire drills in order to train its Navy on techniques to attack US warships as tensions between the US and Iran continue to mount. As Fox News reports:

Iran appears to have built a fake aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills amid ongoing tensions with the U.S., satellite images showed Tuesday.

The apparent mock-up resembles the Nimitz-class carriers that the U.S. Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf from the Strait of Hormuz, where 20 percent of all the world’s oil passes through.

While not yet acknowledged by Iranian officials, the replica’s appearance suggests Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard is preparing an encore of a similar mock-sinking it conducted in 2015.

The replica’s appearance comes as Iran announced Tuesday it will execute a man it accused of sharing details on the movements of the Guard’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S.-authorized drone strike in Baghdad earlier this year.

Tensions have been high ever since President Trump ordered a strike on top Iranian general Soleimani, a strike which killed him and led to Iran then bombarding US bases with ballistic missiles.

 

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