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Mockup of American Carrier to be Used as Target in Iranian Exercise

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A commercial satellite image of the Nimitz-class carrier mockup under construction in Iran. Digital Globe Photo

A commercial satellite image of the Nimitz-class carrier mockup under construction in Iran. Digital Globe Photo

This post was updated from a previous version to include additional quotes from U.S. 5th Fleet.

A mock-up of an American aircraft carrier will be used as a target by Iranian naval forces in an upcoming exercise, the head of the naval branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Sunday in local press reports.

“We should learn about weaknesses and strengths of our enemy,” said IRGC naval head Adm. Ali Fadavi in the Haft-e Sobh newspaper.
He said IRGC should, “target the carrier in the trainings, after it is completed.”

The carrier mock up was first revealed in late March under construction at the Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex (ISOICO) from commercial satellite imagery