Tehran: According to a national television report on Tuesday, the Iranian Paramilitary Revolutionary Guardsmen fired a missile from a helicopter at a replica aircraft carrier in the Strategic Strait of Hormuz, a move designed to threaten the tension between Tehran and Washington.
After a series of incidents in Iran last summer against tankers in the region, the drilling highlighted the threat of a protracted military conflict between Iran and the United States in the waterways through which 20% of all oil traded passed. In January of this year, a U.S. drone attack killed a senior Iranian general in Baghdad. Tehran responded by firing ballistic missiles at the U.S. forces stationed in Iraq.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has swept Iran and the United States for two months, as the United States argues that the UN arms embargo on Tehran will be extended by October, which will expire in October, signs of such conflicts are increasing. . A recent incident in Syria involving an American jet fighter approaching an Iranian passenger plane has also increased tensions.
In the video broadcast from the exercise “The Great Prophet 14” on Tuesday, the Iranian commando quickly landed from the helicopter onto the replica. Other videos showed that the speedboat surrounded the model and kicked white waves in the wake.
During the exercise, Iranian forces also fired anti-aircraft batteries at drone targets from a location described by national television as close to the port city of Bandar Abbas. The troops also fired missiles launched by land trucks and sea speedboats, as well as shoulder-fired missiles.
The Deputy Commander of the Guard Operations Abbas Neal Furusen said that in the exercise, the Guard will use “long-range ballistic missiles that can hit the floating targets of invaders in the distance.” This indicates that the exercise may repeat what happened in 2015, when the guards simulated sinking a copy.
It is not clear whether all the shots were from Tuesday, because an overhead surveillance image that appeared to be taken by a drone took place on Monday’s date.
The replica is similar to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that the US Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf from the narrow opening of the Strait of Hormuz. The US Nimitz (US Nimitz) is synonymous with the class. It entered the waters of the Middle East from the Indian Ocean late last week and is likely to replace the Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Arabian Sea.
It is not clear when or if Nimitz crossed the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East. The USS Abraham Lincoln was deployed last year, when tensions initially began to increase, spending several months in the Arabian Sea before sailing across the strait. Eisenhower crossed the strait early last week.
The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, a spokeswoman said on Monday the Navy remains “confident in our naval forces’ ability to defend themselves against any maritime threat” after satellite photos showed the fake carrier being moved into place.
“We cannot speak to what Iran hopes to gain by building this mockup, or what tactical value they would hope to gain by using such a mock-up in a training or exercise scenario,” Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich told The Associated Press then. “We do not seek conflict, but remain ready to defend U.S. forces and interests from maritime threats in the region.”