Iran’s Fake Aircraft Carrier

| June 9, 2020

The news group posted an article about a fake aircraft carrier off the coast of Iran.

There’s a Fake Aircraft Carrier Sitting Off Iran

It’s believed the country built it in order to attack it

(Newser) – As tensions remain high between Iran and the US, the Islamic Republic appears to have constructed a new mock-up of an aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills. The faux foe, seen in satellite photographs obtained Tuesday by the AP, resembles the Nimitz-class carriers that the US Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf from the Strait of Hormuz, which 20% of all the world’s oil passes through. While not yet acknowledged by Iranian officials, the replica’s appearance in the port city of Bandar Abbas suggests Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard is preparing an encore of a similar mock-sinking it conducted in 2015 in which a fake aircraft carrier was swarmed with speedboats firing machine guns and rockets. Surface-to-sea missiles later targeted and destroyed the fake carrier.

The new replica, which first began to be noticed among defense and intelligence analysts in January and strongly resembles the one used in 2015, carries 16 mock-ups of fighter jets on its deck, per satellite photos taken by Maxar Technologies. The vessel appears to be some 650 feet long and 160 feet wide; a real Nimitz is over 980 feet long and 245 feet wide. Its appearance comes as Iran announced Tuesday it will execute a man it accused of sharing the movements of the Guard’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whom the US killed in a January drone strike in Baghdad. The announcement shows how seriously Iran still takes the assassination. An exercise targeting a mock US aircraft carrier could send that message as well, particularly if it involves a swarm attack of smaller vessels, which analysts believe Iran would employ if it did get into a shooting war with the US Navy.

Your guess is as good as mine.  It is pretty ambitious for them to have an aircraft carrier since Iran’s coastline is so small.

Category: Iran

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    A mock-up they’ll use for propaganda in another SINK-EX. Nothing more.

    • Mick says:


      Film the IRGCN assclowns shooting it up, and then play it on state-controlled media for the captive Iranian population as “the brave IRGCN smiting the Great Satan”, or some such bullshit.

      Seen it before. Same shit; different day.

  2. Roh-Dog says:

    Maybe it’s a prop and IRI is working with a ‘Canadian film company’ making Hot Shots part à trois and/or TopGun (the THIRDiest one!)

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Now that’s a thought Roh-Dog. Think they’ll take the shooting schedule from the Top? Makes sense to Gun for that. Maybe those plans are on ice, man. Having the thing that close to the beach would be a ball. A nice volley of Mavericks would really cook their goose. Oil up the crock pit/cock pot, get rightside up, stay out of the danger zone, and don’t lose that loving feeelin’!

  3. Looks like a plastic monogram model put together with Testors glue.

  4. Twist says:

    Call me crazy, but I would assume that sinking an actual U.S. aircraft carrier is a lot harder than sinking a mock one. That’s assuming that any of their jumped up Bass Boats makes it through the carrier battle group in the first place.

    • Cameron says:

      I tried to tell a Canadian dunce that on Facebook. He finally decided to quit acting like a clown when I brought up the sinking of USS America which was done with explosives after I disagreed with him on the drill where a Swedish submarine “sank” an aircraft carrier. I think it finally got through his head that there’s a whole lot more that goes into sinking an aircraft carrier.

      • NHSparky says:

        Yup. And consider that data went into building the Ford-class.

        Rivalry between submariners and target pukes notwithstanding, it’s gonna take a lot more than what folks think to put a modern carrier on the bottom. Especially the Iranians, or even the Chinese.

    • RGR 4-78 says:

      “That’s assuming that any of their jumped up Bass Boats makes it through the carrier battle group in the first place.”

      I would pay good money to see the raw footage of
      “The Great Hormuz Turkey Shoot”.

  5. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    What a waste of time, money, and material, when they could be putting all that to much more productive use, like, say, improving the lives of their citizens……serfs……slaves…..camels……goats….women…..(/s)

    • rgr769 says:

      With all that wood (marine plywood) maybe the Persian ‘Slamonazis could have built a giant Trojan horse to fool the Israelis.

  6. Amateur Historian says:

    I know that what passes for their production department has a budget, but could they at least get the dimensions of a Nimitz-class right?

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Maybe they’ll try to tell the rest of the world that it’s an actual carrier just like their stage prop “Stealth Fighter” they showcased some time ago?

  8. Bim says:

    Maybe they are gearing up to video it being destroyed by their new “fighter jet”. You know the one, With the propaganda video of their ‘stealth fighter’ in 50% scale with Cessna gauges and a very proud but tiny man trying to fit into the cockpit under the smiling gaze of Mahmoud Ammabumfukmydad?

    Not sure who or what they are trying to impress here. Probably for internal consumption only.

  9. SFC D says:

    A fake aircraft carrier needs a fake bomb dropped on it. Kind of a subtle “Fuck you, raghead!”

    • rgr769 says:

      They could just dump a B-2 load of iron WWII practice bombs on it and then survey the damage with one of our spy satellites. Bet they would leave quite a few holes in that plywood flight deck.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        An iron bomb filled with concrete or other solid filler probably goes through-and-through a plywood ship if dropped from high altitude.

  10. CM says:

    We should sink it just to screw with them.

  11. Timothy J. "snorkle" Mac says:

    hehehehe yeah here’s the plan… when they go airborne to mock sink this Pig, we shoot down every fucking thing they throw at it. Then let them protest that we protected their carrier from Unknown attackers…

    • AW1Ed says:

      I edited your name to protect your PII. Please go to the Valor Vulture’s tab and scroll until you find my PSA to see why.

  12. Messkit says:

    Current Google Earth image, also shows this ship heading into the Naval harbor..

    • rgr769 says:

      Now that craft is impressive. It can launch one whole helo from its little helipad. We could likely send their entire “Navy” to Dave Jones locker in about 30 minutes.

  13. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Is it called the “Potemkin” ? Probably where they will park their new stealth fighters.

    I was thinking this thing is a SEAL exercise waiting to happen.

  14. nbcguyACTUAL says:

    I’ve found shots on google earth showing that this thing has been under construction since at least July 2015.

  15. The Other Whitey says:

    How many friendly-fire casualties are expected when they get around to sinking this thing?

  16. Green Thumb says:

    Surprised CNN is not ramping this up and supporting the Iranians action(s).