Will Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper please pick up the white courtesy phone?
Iran says replica US aircraft carrier is really a movie prop
The New York Times, quoting US intelligence, said last week that the Iranians were building a mock-up of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, possibly so they could then blow it up for propaganda purposes.
Satellite photos showed what looked like one of the US Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, complete with planes, rising from Iran's Gachin shipyard, near the port of Bandar Abbas.
Iranian newspapers said it was "part of the decor" of a movie being made by the Iranian director Nader Talebzadeh on the 1988 shooting down of an Iran Air civilian plane by the USS Vincennes.
Why not blow up a model aircraft carrier? That's how they did it in the movies, before CGI. So a movie set, really?
Maybe the Iranians are using it... .for training. See under Millenium Challenge.