Iran moves fake aircraft carrier at sea after US F-15 intercepted airliner

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Iran has moved a fake aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the United States, satellite photos released on Monday likely signaled that the Islamic Republic plans to use it soon. live fire drills. An image by Maxar Technologies taken on Sunday shows an Iranian boat speeding towards the aircraft carrier, sending waves in its wake, after a tugboat pulled it into the strait of the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.

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On this July 26, 2020, satellite photo provided on July 27 by Maxar Technologies, an Iranian fast boat, top left, approaches a model of an aircraft carrier built by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. Technologies Maxar via AP

An exercise targeting the ship may be a direct response from Tehran to an incident last week. This event involved a US F-15 fighter plane approaching a Mahan Air flight over Syria, which saw injured Iranian airliner passengers.

State media and Iranian officials have yet to admit having made a retort in the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20% of the world’s oil passes. However, his appearance there suggests that Iranian paramilitary Revolutionary Guards are preparing a recall of a similar mock shipwreck he led in 2015.

The Bahrain-based 5th Fleet of the US Navy, which patrols the waterways of the Middle East, remains “confident in the ability of our navies to defend against any maritime threat,” said spokesperson for Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich questioned about the movements of the false carrier.

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