Navy and Marine Corps aircraft fly past the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a Dec. 7 airpower demonstration in the Pacific Ocean. (MCS Seaman Aiyana S. Paschal / Navy)
TEHRAN, IRAN — An Iranian newspaper is reporting that the country’s military plans to target a mock-up American aircraft carrier during upcoming war games.
The Sunday report by independent Haft-e Sobh daily quotes Adm. Ali Fadavi, navy chief of the powerful Revolutionary Guards as saying Iranian forces should “target the carrier in the trainings, after it is completed.”
Adm. Fadavi said: “We should learn about weaknesses and strengths of our enemy.”
This is the first reaction by Iranian officials to a March report that said Iran is building a simple replica of the USS Nimitz in a shipyard in the southern port of Bandar Abbas. Iranian officials did not comment then but state TV said it would be used in a movie.