- The US Navy mocked Iran on Tuesday and Wednesday after firing a missile at a replica American aircraft carrier.
- The Navy posted a picture on its social-media account with the caption of a dummy ship, “Iran makes a ship targeted for experts at it.”
- Iran pulled a fake American vessel into the Strait of Hormuz in an apparent demonstration towards the US.
- The US has the most powerful carrier fleet, with 11 aircraft carriers. Iran has none.
- The exercise began amid growing tension between the two countries.
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The US Navy mocked Iran after its paramilitary forces fired an underground missile on a dummy American aircraft carrier.
The photo, posted on the Navy’s Instagram account, shows a replica aircraft carrier manufactured by Iran, as well as the caption: “Iran builds targeted ships. They specialize on that.”
America’s naval fleet is unique among the rest of the world, putting each country ahead with 11 aircraft carriers, both technically and in terms of size. Iran does not have any flatops.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards instead rely on large groups of small low-tech beachgoers to launch herd attacks, as dragged into the Strait of Hormuz on a US mock-up vessel in the past few days.
“We cannot say what Iran hopes to achieve by constructing this mock-up, or what strategic value they would expect using such a mock-up in a training or exercise scenario,” Cmdr. . Rebecca Rebarich, a spokesperson for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which oversees operations in the Middle East, told The Associated Press.
“We are confident in our naval forces’ ability to defend themselves against any maritime threat,” he said.
The drill featured an effort of force against American ships, which Iran had previously replicated and fired missiles at.
Major General Hossein Salami of the Revolutionary Guard, according to the BBC, “what was shown today in these exercises at the level of aerospace and naval forces was all offensive.”
According to Reuters in a military statement, the practice initially warned of threats to US bases, but “the incident lasted only a few minutes, and was declared all clear.”
Tensions between the two countries have increased after the exercise since Iranian Major General Qasim Solimani was killed in a US drone strike in January.
Mia Jankowicz contributed to this report.