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:
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.
**NEW: Iran builds a fake aircraft carrier to attack in the port city of Bandar Abbas as tensions remain high with the US. The mock-up, for potential live-fire drills, resembles the Nimitz-class carriers the US Navy typically sails into the Persian Gulf. (📸: Maxar Technologies) pic.twitter.com/DqjTS4D4ui
— Patrick Hussion (@PatrickHussion) June 9, 2020
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.