Iran Building Mock-Up of U.S. Nimitz-Class Carrier
Iran is building "a non-working mock-up" of a Nimitz-class carrier which U.S. officials believe will "be blown up for propaganda value.
According to The New York Times, satellite photos of the model show that "mock aircraft can even be seen on the deck" and "the Nimitz number 68 [is] neatly painted in white near the bow."
Officials say Iran's mock-up is "more like a barge than a warship" and "is only about two-thirds the length a typical 1,100-foot-long Navy carrier." It has "no nuclear propulsion system."
The Navy's Fifth Fleet nicknamed the mock-up "the Target Barge."
U.S. officials released information on the carrier mock-up on March 20th to try to get out in front of the Iranians, so if they do indeed use it for propaganda purposes any success will be limited.
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