Iran blocks own port after sinking mock U.S. carrier during exercise

by WorldTribune Staff, August 6, 2020

Iran sought a propaganda victory when its naval forces attacked a mock U.S. aircraft carrier in a recent exercise.

The fake aircraft carrier was accidentally sunk, reports say.

But that short-term win has turned into a real nightmare for the Islamic Republic.

The mock carrier was sunk in shallow water near the entrance to Iran’s main naval port, putting any ship that passes over it in danger, reports say.

The fake aircraft carrier, which was actually a barge mocked up to look like an U.S. navy vessel, was accidentally sunk, images shared by Aurora Intel and taken by the PLEIADES satellites show.

“The stricken carrier can be seen, capsized, in commercial satellite imagery,” Forbes reported. “It began to sink when it was being towed back to Bandar Abbas after being attacked.” The vessel began to list “steeply to one side” on July 31, with “half of the flight deck submerged,” and has reportedly sunk even further since then.

According to the report, the location where the fake carrier sunk could create a “serious headache” for the Iranian navy.

The vessel is currently just outside the Bandar Abbas harbor entrance and has sunk in shallow water which is only 45 feet deep.

According to the Forbes report by H I Sutton, the sunken vessel could cause “catastrophic damage” to vessels which sail over it and represents “a serious shipping hazard.”

Bandar Abbas is the location of Iran’s main naval base.

According to Sutton, Iran will have no choice but to attempt to salvage the vessel from the sea. However, he cast doubt on Iran’s ability to do so, noting that such an operation would be costly and the vessel currently appears to be abandoned.

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