Iran’s exercises using a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier are irresponsible and reckless. However, they did not affect navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, US 5th fleet official Rebecca Rebarich told.
The Islamic revolutionary guard corps (IRGC, part of the armed forces of Iran) on Tuesday conducts maneuvers in the southern part of the country under the code name “Great prophet – 14” with the participation of naval and aerospace forces. During the exercise, Iran worked out an attack on an American aircraft carrier, using a mock-up of the ship for this purpose, Tasnim News Agency reports.
“We are aware of Iranian exercises involving an attack on a mock-up of a ship that looks like a stationary aircraft carrier. The US Navy conducts defensive exercises with our partners to promote Maritime safety to ensure freedom of navigation. At the same time, Iran is conducting offensive exercises, trying to intimidate and compel,” Rebarich said.
“While we are always wary of this kind of irresponsible and reckless behavior by Iran near busy international waterways, these exercises did not disrupt coalition (US) operations in the area and did not have any impact on the free trade flow in the Strait of Hormuz and surrounding waters,” she added.
The Navy spokeswoman stressed that the US could protect itself “from any threat from the sea,” although it does not seek conflict.