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Old 03-21-2014, 07:56 PM   #1
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Iran 'copying' a US aircraft carrier...but for what purpose?

really weird...target practice? fake a US attack on someone? movie shoot? propaganda of sorts?


Why is Iran building giant mock-up of U.S. aircraft carrier? ? CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs





Why is Iran building giant mock-up of U.S. aircraft carrier?


By Laura Koran

Amid ongoing high-level diplomatic talks between the United States and Iran, it's a symbol of underlying mistrust.

Commercial satellite images obtained by CNN reveal that Iran is constructing a large-scale replica of a U.S. military aircraft carrier, complete with fake U.S-style airplanes, near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.


The mock supercarrier seems to have been modeled off of an American Nimitz-class (CVN 68) carrier, down to the number "68" painted on the flight deck, though its intended use remains a mystery.

According to one U.S. official, the mock-up is more akin to a Hollywood set than an actual warship.

The U.S. government does not believe the carrier is functional, or that Iran is even capable of building an aircraft carrier.

The same official told CNN's Barbara Starr that while the purpose of the fake carrier is unknown, Iran may be planning to destroy it in a propaganda move. The Iranian government has blown up target barges in the past and aired the footage on its state-run media.

"If this is all for strategic effect," noted the official, "then with all eyes on the construction that seems to fizzle."

Nimitz-class carriers are the centerpiece of U.S. naval forces, and the largest warships in the world. Few countries have nuclear-powered carriers in their fleets.

The revelation that Iran is constructing this mock carrier comes at a potentially pivotal moment in U.S.-Iranian relations.

Back in November, negotiations between Iran and a coalition of countries that includes the United States brought about an interim agreement over Iran's nuclear program. Iran agreed to roll back parts of the program in exchange for an end to certain economic sanctions.

Negotiations on a larger deal are ongoing.

On Thursday, in a message to the Iranian people to commemorate the Persian new year, President Barack Obama said he is "committed to diplomacy" with their country.

But amid the softened rhetoric, there is lingering mistrust in both countries.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the American Jewish Congress in New York on Wednesday that she is "personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver" on the November deal.

And in January, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN's Jim Sciutto that the Obama administration has been mischaracterizing the terms of the agreement.

For now, the outcome of these diplomatic efforts and the fate of the fake aircraft carrier remain uncertain.
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So the US is afraid that Iran is capable of creating nuclear weapons but doubt their ability to build an aircraft carrier?
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Do they know for sure that it is a mockup and not a fully capable carrier. It would make sense to copy a design that works.
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With the number CVN-68?

Should have copied the CVN-80, the new Enterprise.

Iran going Chinese?
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or that Iran is even capable of building an aircraft carrier.
Haha idiots. If only they knew...

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Couldn't find the carrier on Google earth, maybe didn't look hard enough.

I've been to the city Bandar Abbas before.
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I've been to the city Bandar Abbas before.
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Did they have to release the low resolution picture so that this supposed fake aircraft carrier's details are kept secret... because I cant make out the numbering that it copied.
I suspect CNN is more desperate for ratings then anything else.
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I suspect CNN is more desperate for ratings then anything else.
What happened to CNN? They were a really good news source but they have gone to shit over the past 5 years I have noticed. Most of the time they have spelling errors right in the bloody headlines... Or you click on a story that has a picture you want to see and it links you to some old news shit, same with videos. I have also noticed that they run stories that are not even verified or blogs from a 3rd party that are complete and utter bullshit. Then turn on the TV when other news channels like BBC have breaking news and CNN is talking about sports or someone is complaining about Obamacare lol.

At least they didn't interrupt a story like MSNBC did to give us that "BREAKING NEWS" of Biebs getting a DUI though lol.
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Haha, I dont watch any of the mainstream news but I see reports of their low ratings
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Anyway heres the Iranian space money as a part of Iran's achievements.
There's a long video of it going into space and back down too.
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I'm guessing it may be for a movie? Or a floating hotel of sorts?
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just watched world war z..


THEY KNOW.
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. It was in Jerusalem/Israel not iran
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Still looks more legit than their Qaher 313 "stealth fighter"....





At least Canada built one that flew...
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Iran says replica US aircraft carrier is really a movie prop | World news | theguardian.com
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So it sounds like they may not be planning to destroy it, but they will be using it for a propaganda movie shot as a regular movie?

Why wouldn't they just use a model?
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why does it matter what a director decides to do with his movies budget?
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