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Iran Televises Major Naval Drill Against Fake US Aircraft Carrier In Persian Gulf

As AP reports, with rockets roaring and guns blazing, more than a dozen swarming Iranian speedboats assaulted a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier Wednesday during large-scale naval drills near the strategically vital entrance of the Persian Gulf.

The nationally televised show of force by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard comes just weeks ahead of a deadline for Iran and world powers to forge a historic deal on the fate of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

 

Iranian live-fire war games are not uncommon. But by simulating for the first time an attack on the ultimate symbol of American naval power, hard-liners hoped to send a message that Iran has no intention of backing down to the U.S. — whichever way talks over its contested nuclear program go.

 

“American aircraft carriers are very big ammunition depots housing a lot of missiles, rockets, torpedoes and everything else,” the Guard’s navy chief, Adm. Ali Fadavi, said on state television. A direct hit by a missile could set off a large secondary explosion, he added.

 

Fadavi last month boasted that his force is capable of sinking American aircraft carriers in the event of war. He previously called carriers easy targets and said Iran naturally wants to sink them.

 

The drill, named “Great Prophet 9,” was held near the Strait of Hormuz, through which about a fifth of the world’s oil passes. Iran’s regular army carried out naval drills near the strait in December.

 

 

State TV showed footage of missiles fired from the coast and the fast boats striking the ersatz American carrier, which appeared to be a replica seen in a shipyard in the southern port of Bandar Abbas last year. The drills also included Guard forces shooting down a drone and planting undersea mines.

 

 

The Guard’s chief commander, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the drills send a “message of (Iran’s) might” to “extraterritorial powers,” a reference to the United States.

The US response was measured and appropriate…

Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, the spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said the Americans were monitoring the drills, which had no effect on maritime traffic. He downplayed the simulated attack on the carrier, saying the U.S. military was “not concerned about this exercise.”

 

“We’re quite confident of our naval forces’ ability to defend themselves,” he said. “It seems they’ve attempted to destroy the equivalent of a Hollywood movie set.”

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33 Comments on "Iran Televises Major Naval Drill Against Fake US Aircraft Carrier In Persian Gulf"

  1. Plantagenet on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 8:33 am 

    John Kerry must be insane to negotiate a deal that lets Iran develop nuclear weapons.

  2. robertinget on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 9:50 am 

    HRH must be deluded to entertain the alternative.

  3. GregT on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 10:10 am 

    John Kerry needs to be admitted into a retirement home for the criminally insane.

  4. Sugar Seam on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 11:43 am 

    please… much like a Russia sice 1945, Iran has extended its hand to the U.S. many times, and had it bitten… including their help corralling the Taliban after 9/11… our Red Scare paranoia plays the same game with Islamaphobia… are we still gonna eat up the WMD canard after our previous embarrassment? … Looks like it… No wonder they conduct these drills… Theyre surrounded by U.S. bases.

  5. Plantagenet on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 12:04 pm 

    @Sugar

    please….you are incredibly uninformed since you don’t even know that Iran is spinning 17,000 centrifuges in numerous facilities to enrich uranium for nuclear bombs.

  6. MSN Fanboy on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 12:40 pm 

    As soon as Iran gets nukes they will be safe from American and Zionist aggression.

    Love to see America invade a nuclear armed state, watch them all burn.

  7. jjhman on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 3:54 pm 

    As the admiral said; attacking a movie set image of a carrier doesn’t mean much.

    It is amusing to see such a silly video, and a big waste of Iranian money, to put on the show. Equally amusing is the way such a dumb video can bring out the US haters. Sorry to say but just about any country with the power that the US has will act at least as bad, more likely worse, than the US has since becoming the big kid on the block. I think all of you haters should spend more time thinking about the universal behavior of humans instead of comforting yourselves with the notion that the US in somehow uniquely nasty.

    Having said that I have to agree with the notion that the US has shown that it feels much safer asserting itself with non-nuclear armed nations. Israel on the other hand seems to be, once again, sliding into the Masada complex.

    Kudos to Obama,Kerry and moderates in Iran for trying to find some peaceful resolution to a mess.

  8. Plantagenet on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 4:21 pm 

    @jjhman

    I’m sorry to see you admit that you are a “US Hater”.

    Try to maintain a calmer and more reasoned viewpoint. Thinking about things is always better than hate.

    Cheers!

  9. Davy on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 5:02 pm 

    Planter, read the comment again. JJ is not admitting anything of the sort. He is criticizing the same thing I criticize here and that is the anti-Americans that pretend that the other side is any better. Those who think Russian’s are Angles and Putin is honest as one example. Those who think there is economic decouple possible from a destroyed US economy. There are those like the Makster who believe in a 1000 year Asian Reich rising from the ashes of a destroyed US in WWIII. Russia and China engaging brotherly love to squash the evil Americans. Somehow the reality of MAD escapes Mak and other anti-Americans.

    I am here to flag waive but it is an upside down flag. I am not here to engage in an anti-American agenda that does not acknowledge anything wrong with the alternatives. All systems are bad today because BAU is bad. We should be breaking BAU instead we are trying to perpetuate a system with no future. A day will come when a global crisis will fixate all countries because of a common danger of economic collapse. There is no decoupling for a collapse of all nations. It is at that point let us hope the better human nature in us all overcomes the bad in us all. Let us hope the end of BAU is a long emergency and not a Thelma and Louise into the abyss.

  10. PrestonSturges on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 5:05 pm 

    That was truly comical.

  11. Makati1 on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 6:20 pm 

    Iran is just showing the US empire that it can close the shipping lanes out of the gulf if it wants to. Carriers are today’s army tanks. Nothing more than floating coffins full of explosives.

    The UFSA has no government, just a bunch of war mongering old men and a psychopathic leader, all desperate to keep the zombie country on it’s feet and walking. The line-up for the 2016 elections are more of the same. If the country lasts that long. We shall see.

  12. PrestonSturges on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 6:23 pm 

    >>Iran is just showing the US empire that it can close the shipping lanes out of the gulf if it wants to.

    As long as the US attacks with a stationary undefended paper mache barge.

  13. Davy on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 6:38 pm 

    Ha ha Mak, your mighty Iranian Army attacking papier-mâché Hollywood props in go-fast pleasure boats. What a joke. Tell me Makster why is China so bent on a carrier fleet? Mak says. Uh uh well Davy China builds amazing carriers the U.S. is unable to replicate. Ha ha

  14. redpill on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 7:52 pm 

    The Republican Guard probably wants the negotiations to fail as much as Bibi does as their status would be threatened by a normalizing of relations with the rest of the world.

    If they had sunk that “carrier” with an anti-matter beam then, yes, “Houston, we have a problem”.

    If they so much as scratch the paint on a Ford class carrier they will quickly find that armored-up Zodiacs do not constitute a navy.

  15. Davy on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 8:12 pm 

    Red, the carriers are vulnerable but not to speed boats. The biggest issues in such a small space is anti-ship ballistic missiles. We are talking the very fast kind the Chinese have developed. The Iranians have so decent missiles too. This speed boat show is for domestic consumption with little chance of success.

  16. redpill on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 8:47 pm 

    Sure the carriers are vulnerable. What I’m pointing out is an attack on a carrier group is a request for total war, shy of nukes, with the U.S. and The Guard and all of their facilities would be the first to go.

    On another note, just watched The News Hour on PBS and hear that Jim Webb is likely to throw his hat in the ring. That man would wipe the floor with anything the R’s have to offer. If Hillary does not run, he’s the next Pres.

  17. Apneaman on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 9:04 pm 

    Americans Catching a New War Fever
    February 26, 2015

    https://consortiumnews.com/2015/02/26/americans-catching-a-new-war-fever/

  18. Apneaman on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 9:06 pm 

    Planting False Evidence on Iran
    February 26, 2015

    https://consortiumnews.com/2015/02/26/planting-false-evidence-on-iran/

  19. GregT on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 10:49 pm 

    The only thing that aircraft carriers are still good for, is bombing other countries that can’t fight back. In a real war, with real adversaries, todays navies are obsolete.

  20. Jimmy on Thu, 26th Feb 2015 11:05 pm 

    all war games and manoeuvres are the equivalent of attacking a Hollywood set. NATO ones too. Seldom do fig 11 targets move around much or fight back.

  21. Makati1 on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 12:36 am 

    GregT, shhh…you will wake up the “exceptionalists” here who believe that the US military is unbeatable … yet a bunch of camel jockeys ran them out of Iraq, Afghanistan and revery country they have invaded since WW2. Lost Korea, Vietnam, and on and on. Without the Russians, they would have lost WW2 also. But then, you have to read history NOT written by the West to see that fact.

    All I can say is buckle up. There is a nuclear war coming. It was the only way they could beat Japan. And it is the only way they can come close to winning this one.

  22. Bandits on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 1:07 am 

    Agree Jimmy. If Iran attacked the USA it would be attacking NATO, (Article 5).
    Although if Iran or North Korea or any rogue state attacked with nuclear weapons, I doubt the USA would need assistance. The offending country could expect to be promptly sent into the twilight zone.

    So it’s unlikely happen, (an unprovoked attack on the USA) on purpose. I also doubt that the USA would mount a conventional attack against a nuclear armed country, unless the nuclear capabilities of the offending country were neutralized first.

  23. Davy on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 5:06 am 

    OH, Mak is rewriting history. His agenda is speaking. The US is now the strongest military in the world with war hardened fighting men unlike your Chinese toy soldiers. What folks here fail to realize is war and fighting is ALL about experience. It is all about training. This is what the US is getting. This is why when the SHTF the US military will be called upon by the important countries of the world to protect their interests. No other country can project power like the US.

    The aircraft carriers are far from obsolete. If this were the case why are other countries building them? When you fight wars you have an integration of land, sea, air, and today special forces. If you do not have fire superiority at all levels you are in trouble. The US has this and no other country comes close.

    Is this good? NO. The US and the world can no longer afford this kind of military concentrations. With the descent coming and the pie shrinking the world will suffer entropic decay quickly. Militaries will suck up the cream that will be needed for transition strategies of mitigation and adaptations of whole economies and societies.

    That said when collapse begins it will be the countries with strong militaries that maintain order in the vital nodes that mean some kind of stability. I can imagine a significant amount of triage of the US military presence in the world to come home to supervise martial law. Many other places in the rest of the world in overshoot without effective militaries will be a mad-max-athon. I don’t imagine a complete US withdrawal at least for a time. The vital trade links I am sure will be maintained. The US military will most likely be a fighting force for trade and batter with countries with vital resources.

    I am not flag waiving here this is just a unfortunate reality. The last thing the human race needs is war in a time of descent in vast overshoot but that is reality folks. Quit you fantasy. All the anti-Americans here who would love to see the US military vanquished good tabloid stuff boys. You guys are just showing your agenda goal seeking.

    Mak is the best of the agendist goal seekers. He is constantly preaching his 1000 year Asian Reich and nothing happens. He is constantly day dreaming of the NUK Armageddon coming to the US. He is oblivious of what MAD is. He thinks somehow that there are winners and losers. He is the type that if in power would push the button. IOW Mak is a psychopath and megalomaniac.

  24. Richard Ralph Roehl on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 12:48 pm 

    U.S. carriers are fat floating targets that wouldn’t last 24 hours in a real war with a formidable nation $tate. Yemen or Somalia or Iraq is one order of magnitude. Iran and it’s bigger allies is a different and far more dangerous animal.

    Iran is armed with very advanced Russian made anti-ship missiles. There is NO DEFENSE from such weaponry… and if the United States picks a fight with Iran or Russia or China… kiss the carriers good-bye.

  25. BobInget on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 4:57 pm 

    Most folks can visualize a war against certain nations then an Ideal or in the case
    of ISIL a religious rebellion.

    Mideast oil wars are far too complex to be ‘solved’ by aircraft carriers or any form of military solution. Israel has gone to war with its neighbors dozens of times. Are they any closer to peace or a devastating war?

    Most parties agree, Iran has no nuclear weapons. Does Pakistan? Israel? India?
    Saudi Arabia? Russia? UK? France? N.Korea? USA?
    With no exceptions all of the above have been or are now aggressors in or around a contemporary oil war.

    Iran hasn’t started a war in hundreds of years. It makes as much sense to ‘preemptive’ strike France or UK with nuclear weapons just in case they decide someday to bomb the US or Israel.

    Iran could be America’s Allie in our never-ending war against self aggrandizing, self promoting, serial killers, ISIL.

    Let me say this now.
    There will be no war with Iran.

    Fascist boosters, IS sympathizers both here and in Israel are short sighted. West needs Iran’s oil. That’s certain. Israel needs Gaza’s gas, that’s certain. Any protracted conflict
    would deny that oil and gas to all parties.

    Israel itself would cease to function as a state.

    War in that small a space, (look at larger Syria compared to Israel) precludes recovery for decades.

  26. BobInget on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 5:19 pm 

    I forgot to include China as one power-house nuclear state.

    China is accomplishing more with bribes and loans then military intervention.

    This week we find China has lent Venezuela
    an additional twenty billion dollars.
    This brings Venezuela’s debt to China to over Seventy Billion $. Can Venezuela repay China’s loans out of petty cash? Can Venezuela repay China as pipelines East
    in Both Nicaragua and Costa Rica are completed? Will Chinese oil companies
    develop the world’s biggest untouched oil sands deposits in the Orinoco?

    Most interesting of all; Will China’s loans servicing preclude any Venezuelan exports to
    the USA?

    Simply put. As it stands, unless the US ousts
    IS from Iraq and Syria and Libya and Nigeria and Sudan and Somalia and Yemen, America’s, the West’s, economies will die on the vine.

    Iran should be America’s new Allie, most certainly not enemy.

  27. Davy on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 5:50 pm 

    Bobby, Inquiring minds would like to know if as you say “the west’s economies die on the vine” is China going to break out in a decouple from the West? Is China going to start exporting her Barbie dolls to the Russians? There are only 143MIL in Russia. The west has (west Europe and the US) roughly 800MIL. Bobby get a grip China has way too many Barbie doll factories where are all those Barbies going to go? Bobby, connect the dots man.

  28. Makati1 on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 6:18 pm 

    BobInget, China is pulling away from the US as is Russia. Of course it will take time to build alternate consumers for their products, but most of the exported products are from Western (US) owned business’ located in China. Those will be the corporations most hurt by the change. Ask Apple or Intel. And, domestic consumption is increasing for the 400+ million middle class Chinese. Soon they will not need the US for anything. Ditto Russia.

    China has ~$4,000,000,000,000.00 to burn before it becomes totally worthless. Not to mention the interest income, and the balance of trade, in the billions per month. China cannot spend their dollars fast enough. Not to mention that she is trading paper dollars for solid gold.

    If we can avoid war for a few more years, there will not be one as the US will be a 3rd world country, isolated from most of the other 7+ billion people. A real ‘banana republic’ trying to keep the riots down at home and unable to project power outside the 52 states. (51st-Canada for resources & 52nd-Mexico for cheap labor)

  29. Davy on Fri, 27th Feb 2015 6:27 pm 

    Here Mak, get your facts in order. Your drolling on your mouse:

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/kick-the-can-has-morphed-into-a-blatant-farce/

    In China the scene is even more tortured. As McKinsey’s charts so dramatically document, the overseers of red capitalism in Beijing have driven China into a monumental debt trap. Its massive spree of construction and fixed asset investment has created an utterly deformed economy that will literally implode unless its keeps building empty luxury apartments, phantom cities, silent shopping malls and hideously redundant roads, bridges, subways and airports. Yet whenever the short-term indicators stumble, the government finds some new, convoluted way to release more credit into the system.

    This too is reaching the farcical stage. During the six-short years since the financial crisis, China has boosted it credit market debt outstanding by the staggering sum of $20 trillion or by 4X the growth of GDP during the same period. How in the world could anyway believe that China’s tottering house of cards can be rescued by piling on even more debt financed construction and fixed asset acquisition? Needless to say, as China veers ever closer to a crash landing, the China-dependent EM economies are rapidly faltering.

  30. Edward Boyle on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 7:27 am 

    China can repudiate debts in case of emergency, write off local and private debts,restart currency based on gold reserves and reissue, with russia a gold eurasio currency fully conertible. If usa, europe press war their systems would have to reset too as such repudiation would wipe them out. Will Washington force Beijing and moscow’s hand?

    Frankly you can’t protect such a large task force. In pacific war there was no satellites. Nowadays they are localized to a pinpoint and incoming rocket squadrons from subs, landbased will wipe them out.

  31. Davy on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 8:07 am 

    Ed, your ideas just won’t work with a complex and energy intensive BAU.2 resulting. This hand forcing will be the end of BAU and everyone will descend into a postBAU. We are in overshoot with consumption and population. Complexity and energy intensity cannot be maintained.

    China cannot repudiate debts and grow. If China cannot grow if it will be ripped apart in entropic decay. China’s vast mega urban areas and industrial brown fields will seize up. A huge migration into the countryside will occur. Russia is in a better position but itself is not prepared for this collapse. The Ruble is not going to convert to a gold based currency except maybe for a short time. The gold based Ruble would not scale at a global level. Russia’s reliance on oil to fund its economy will be over when demand and supply are destroyed in a collapse. Russia and China have no future just as the west has no future in its consumption overshoot.

    BAU is done. Time frame is uncertain but based on POD & ETP of oil this process is at most 10 years away. In the mean time we have a bubble economic system ready to bifurcate. A financial system that is the glue of a complex global interconnected system ready to collapse. When confidence is lost so will liquidity. At that point of liquidity loss the vast JIT production and with it the vast global distribution is finished. We will then have all those locals that have been delocalized by a dominant global network will be cast out to sea in leaking lifeboats. Some of these life boats better prepared than others. For the most part all will suffer a relocation and die off to sustainable levels. Some areas have no future like Las Vegas or a Tokyo. That is what we likely face instead of a BAU.2 with a Gold based Ruble and Yuan.

  32. Davy on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 8:17 am 

    Ed, do you realize this conflict you are mentioning is a MAD scenario because if a country destroys a US fleet the US has the ability to counterstrike and destroy land based armies and infrastructure. This then has the potential to ratchet up to a NUk exchange. A NUK exchange is the end for all of us. Some quickly and others slowly.

    Don’t be fooled by the Anti-Americans here that think the Russo China alliance in a WWIII will rise from the ashes of a destroyed US military. These thoughts amuse me. The other issue is a first strike by the US on these potential missile sources. The fleets can disperse to avoid complete destruction. The US has stealth and global power projection. No other power has the ability to completely destroy the US military and not ensure a counterstrike that will not destroy them.

    These thoughts of global conflict are MADness. Anti-Americans here demonstrate a lack of knowledge of military affairs. What happens is their agendist tendencies fantasize about the destruction of the US military and a new and powerful victor rising from the ashes like a phoenix. These fantasies come from Hollywood style fiction and book based fiction. Mak is the most notable with this nonsense. The US is not the power it once was but it is still a formidable power prepared for multiple contingencies.

  33. ghung on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 9:35 am 

    Anyone who has actually served, and surface warfare qualified, on a US carrier, raise their little electronic hand……..

    Gotta love these armchair experts.

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