Iran Blows Up Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier. Again.

Internet Travel 2020-07-29 07:11:36
Iran Blows Up Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier. Again.
© YouTube The “Great Prophet” exercise shows all the ways Iran’s regime thinks it can take on the U.S. Navy.

Iran Blows Up Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier. Again.
© YouTube The splash from the helicopter-launched missile is visible just above the fake ship’s bridge.

The video also shows what looks like a rehearsal for an anti-ship ballistic missile attack. The video shows an Iranian military officer, wearing PPE, directing the launch of several Fateh 110 short range ballistic missiles. Iran manufactures an anti-ship version of the Fateh 110, the Hormuz 1, that could be used to attack warships in the Persian Gulf.

No missiles are shown hitting (or missing) targets.

Iran Blows Up Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier. Again.
© YouTube Drone footage of armed speedboats circulating the simulated "carrier".

Finally, footage from the exercise shows a fleet of Republican Guard armed speedboats triumphantly circling the fake carrier. This is fairly easy to do in military exercises, as the fake carrier is much smaller than a real carrier and is not surrounded by heavily armed cruiser and destroyer escorts.

In addition to missiles, footage from the exercise shows combat divers, followed by damage to what appears to be the fake carrier's hull, suggesting the divers planted some kind of contact to a “limpet” mine. IRGC commandos are also shown rappelling onto the simulated flight deck in a manner similar to the takeover of the British flagged tanker Stena Impero in 2019.

These tactics likely wouldn't hold up in a real fight, but it makes for an entertaining YouTube video.

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