All blue smoke and mirrors for Iran.

iranian mock aircraft carrier

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The thing is, they (Iran) get more leverage out of their blue smoke and mirrors than the US (Obummer admin) gets out of its sanctions. all the US needs to do to get Iran’s ”attention”, is to park cruisers and destroyers at the mouth of any port Iran ships its oil to be refined into petrol.

Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S.


The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in April 2012.  Iran is building a mock-up in one of its shipyards.CreditKarolina A. Martinez/U.S. Navy, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.

Intelligence analysts studying satellite photos of Iranian military installations first noticed the vessel rising from the Gachin shipyard, near Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf, last summer. The ship has the same distinctive shape and style of the Navy’s Nimitz-class carriers, as well as the Nimitz’s number 68 neatly painted in white near the bow. Mock aircraft can be seen on the flight deck.

The Iranian mock-up, which American officials described as more like a barge than a warship, has no nuclear propulsion system and is only about two-thirds the length of a typical 1,100-foot-long Navy carrier. Intelligence officials do not believe that Iran is capable of building an actual aircraft carrier.

“Based on our observations, this is not a functioning aircraft carrier; it’s a large barge built to look like an aircraft carrier,” said Cmdr. Jason Salata, a spokesman for the Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, across the Persian Gulf from Iran. “We’re not sure what Iran hopes to gain by building this. If it is a big propaganda piece, to what end?”

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