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5/12/2014 (11 months ago)

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Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi makes claim; Threat being met with some skepticism

While it has attempted to be more cooperative with the west in regards to its nuclear ambitions, the nation of Iran has been known to rattle its saber at U.S. forces. Now, Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi has made the claim that his nation has developed the capacity to destroy a U.S. warship on less than a minute's notice. The comments, made by the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC has been met with skepticism - but has not been entirely written off.

Recent saber rattling explains the imagery published by CNN in March depicting a model of the U.S. Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, complete with planes, docked in Iran's Gachin shipyard.

Recent saber rattling explains the imagery published by CNN in March depicting a model of the U.S. Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, complete with planes, docked in Iran's Gachin shipyard.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/12/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iran, warship, threats, discounting


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It was the latest threat Iran's hardline military forces have levied at U.S. presence in the region. Fadavi claims that his forces have been building replicas of U.S. frigates and aircraft carriers for years in order to practice blowing them up.

Iranian forces, which patrol the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, which is a major oil supply route for the west, are separate from the Iranian navy and have the capacity to sink U.S. vessels in that area in 50 seconds, according to Fadavi.

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"We practice the same drills on replica aircraft carriers because sinking and destroying U.S. warships has, is and will be on our agenda," Fadavi said. "Aircraft carriers are the symbol of America's military might . so it's natural that we want to sink the carriers."

This explains the imagery published by CNN in March depicting a model of the U.S. Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, complete with planes, docked in Iran's Gachin shipyard. Iranian media had reported the ship was "part of the décor" for a movie from esteemed director Nader Talabzadeh about the 1988 downing of an Iranian Air plane by the USS Vincennes.

Iranians have brushed aside accusations from U.S. intelligence officials that the replica was being built for some propagandistic purpose. Some suggested that it would be blown up as a demonstration of Iranian military prowess.

"This issue has turned into a good excuse for another wave of hype against Iran," Alef news reported. "Without any real proof or real basis, Western media have jumped again to paint a more negative picture of Iran."

An Iranian newspaper had confirmed U.S. suspicions about the model aircraft carrier last month. Fadavi recently acknowledged the CNN report, saying only that "the U.S. media and research centers commented on the revelation very simplemindedly. The Americans know nothing."

A spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which is based across the Gulf in Bahrain, has discounted Fadavi's threats. "Whatever Iran hopes to do with the mock-up, it is likely to have zero impact on U.S. Navy operations in the Gulf," Commander Jason Salata told The Associated Press.

"Firing weapons at a stationary structure floating on pontoons is not a realistic representation of having the capability to target a 100,000-ton warship ... maneuvering at speeds in excess of 30 knots," he said.

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