- Iran Fires Missiles At Its Fake Carrier, Says Its Satellite Has Been Watching From Above
by JOSEPH TREVITHICK, JULY 28, 2020, https://www.thedrive.com/
The last time the Iranians trotted out the mock aircraft carrier for an exercise, they eventually blew it up.
Iran has now released video footage and other details about a major exercise in and around the strategic Strait of Hormuz that involved various types of attacks on a mock U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Iranian forces employed various air, sea, and ground-launched weapons against the faux flattop, including anti-ship ballistic missiles and a Bell 206 type helicopter modified to carry an anti-ship cruise missile. The country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps also claimed that its Nour satellite, which was launched earlier this year, had taken imagery of the drills from space.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that the exercise, called Great Prophet 14, had entered its final phase on July 28, 2020. Satellite imagery had shown that it had towed the mock carrier, the centerpiece of the drills, out into the Strait of Hormuz, which links the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman, sometime last week. You can read more about this heavily modified barge, which was first built in 2014, ostensibly as a movie prop, in our initial reporting on its latest outing here. It had suffered significant damage during the Great Prophet IX exercise in 2015, but Iran began refurbishing it last year.