PortandTerminal.com, July 30, 2020
Fake it until you make it. Iranian speedboats, missiles, commandos and helicopter-borne rockets overwhelm a fake U.S. aircraft carrier in a sad display designed for home audience
DUBAI – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently set up a replica of a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz and used it as a target for missile attacks and swarming tactics. The U.S. Navy, however, was less than impressed with the “show of force” and joked about it in a Tuesday Instagram post.
“Iran builds target ship,” the Navy’s photo caption began. “They’re experts at that.”
The Instagram post has garnered over 75,000 likes and over 2,000 comments
“We cannot speak to what Iran hopes to gain by building this mock-up, or what tactical value they would hope to gain by using such a mock-up in a training or exercise scenario,” Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a spokesperson for the U.S. Fifth Fleet overseeing the Middle East said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We do not seek conflict, but remain ready to defend U.S. forces and interests from the maritime threats in the region.”
“It’s funny they think they’d ever get that close without getting blown out of the water”
On Tuesday, Iran attacked the replica aircraft carrier, landing troops by helicopter on the fake ship’s deck and later attacking the ship with missiles fired from its various swarm boats and land-based missile launchers.
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