The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps dropped a missile from a helicopter aimed at a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz during an exercise aimed at threatening the United States in the face of tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Drilling on a waterway through which 20 percent passes. All of the oil sold highlights the ongoing threat of a military conflict between Iran and the U.S. following several incidents against oil tankers in the region last summer. In January, a U.S. drone strike killed Iran̵7;s top general in Baghdad, and Tehran responded by firing ballistic missiles aimed at American forces in Iraq.
Although the coronavirus pandemic involved both Iran and the United States, there were signs of confrontation as America claims to extend the UN arms embargo on Tehran, which expires in October. A recent incident in Syria involving an American fighter jet approaching an Iranian passenger plane has also resumed tensions.
In footage shown on Tuesday, Iranian commandants quickly fell from a helicopter into a replica, and fast boats surrounded the model.
The guards will use “long-range ballistic missiles capable of hitting long-range aggressor floating targets during training,” said Abbas Nilforoushan, deputy commander of operations at sepahnews.com. In similar 2015 During the exercise, guards hid a replica of a U.S. warship.
“Our policy of defending the vital interests of the dear Iranian people is defensive, given that we will not invade any country from the beginning, but are completely aggressive in tactics and operations,” quoted Gen Hossein Salami.
State television footage also featured an underwater force, after which a cut was made into an explosion hole just above the waterline on the replica carrier.
It seemed a not-so-subtle reminder of last year’s U.S. accusations that Iran had planted oil tankers near the strait that had exploded on ships in the same area. Iran has repeatedly denied action, although material captured by the U.S. military has shown that the Revolutionary Guard has removed an unexploded ordnance from a single ship.
The copy used in the training reminds Nimitz-class carriers that the U.S. Navy enters the Persian Gulf from the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway. The USS Nimitz of this class entered the waters of the Mideast late last week from the Indian Ocean.
It is not yet clear when and whether Nimich will pass through the Strait of Hormuz during his time in the Mideast or not.
For Iran, which shares a strait with Oman, American navy is similar to Iranian forces sailing into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. But the U.S. Navy argues that the strait is an international waterway that is critical to global shipping and energy supply.
Cmdr Rebecca Rebarich, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet based in Bahrain, which is patrolling the Mediterranean, said officials were aware of the Iranian exercise.
“While we always observe this type of irresponsible and reckless Iranian behavior near busy international waterways, the exercise did not interfere with the coalition’s operations in the area and had no effect on the free flow of trade in the Strait of Hormuz and surrounding waters,” she added.