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Title: Iran Tries To Intimidate US with War Exercise, Utterly Humiliates Itself Instead
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URL Source: https://www.westernjournal.com/iran ... f_content=conservative-tribune
Published: Aug 9, 2020
Author: C. Douglas Golden
Post Date: 2020-08-09 20:31:15 by BTP Holdings
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Iran Tries To Intimidate US with War Exercise, Utterly Humiliates Itself Instead

By C. Douglas Golden

Published August 9, 2020 at 10:15am

Iran sank a U.S. aircraft carrier. Big news, right? Well, yes — but not for the reasons you may be thinking.

First, it wasn’t really an American aircraft carrier. It wasn’t an aircraft carrier at all, actually. And while Iran meant to “sink” it, it didn’t mean to sink it. And certainly not in the way it ended up getting sunk.

I’m sure you’re confused, so let me explain. On July 28, according to The Aviationist, a news site that covers military and civilian aircraft, Iran launched its “Great Prophet 14” military exercises. I didn’t pay much attention because I also hadn’t paid attention to the first 13, so I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to follow the plot.

The news that Tehran wanted everyone wanted to pay attention to was the use of the stealthy Shahed 181 and Shahed 191 drones, which The Aviationist notes were reverse-engineered from captured U.S. drones.

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If you’re the kind of person who thinks Aviation Week is more engrossing than “Tiger King,” I suppose this is what why you were interested in Great Prophet 14. As for me, I was a bit more entertained by the fact that a fake, scaled-down version of a Nimitz- class aircraft carrier the Iranians like to attack during the war games ended up sinking — and exactly where they didn’t want it to.

Forbes’ H.I. Sutton notes that “Iranian armed forces, particularly the IRGC-N (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy) delight in attacking the mock U.S. Navy aircraft carrier” during “Great Prophet” wargames.

According to Popular Mechanics, the “aircraft carrier” was last attacked by the Iranians in 2015.

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It’s not just a great morale-booster for the Iranian armed forces, the military version of beating the computer in Tecmo Super Bowl to prove to yourself you really could have been a varsity running back in high school.

It’s also featured in plenty of Iranian propaganda videos — not that they give the context that it’s just a barge that isn’t nearly the size of an actual American aircraft carrier and has none of its defense systems, to say nothing of American fighter jets or sailors on board.

Here’s the 2015 attack:

This time, the Iranians hit the barge with one of their anti-ship missiles. They also had their troops descend via rope onto the deck of the fake carrier, where I’m sure they killed lots of fake American sailors. Two-to-one odds say at least one of them pictured himself doing away with Maverick and Iceman from “Top Gun.”

Unfortunately, after the fake fun was over, Iran was left with a very real problem.

As the knockoff Nimitz was being towed back to port in Bandar Abbas, it began to sink from the damage the IRGC had inflicted upon it. On July 31, the military analysis site Aurora Intel published this satellite imagery of the ship in a decidedly un-towable condition:

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