Iran fires missile at mock aircraft carrier amid US tensions

In this Tuesday, July 28, 2020, satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies, a mockup aircraft carrier built by Iran is seen damaged in the Strait of Hormuz amid a live-fire drill conducted by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. The Guard fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported on Tuesday, an exercise aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a mock-up aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. That’s according to footage aired on state television on Tuesday. Iranian commandos also fast-roped down from a helicopter onto the replica in the footage from the exercise called “Great Prophet 14.” The drill appears aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. The replica resembles the Nimitz-class carriers that the U.S. Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf from the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the waterway. The USS Nimitz, the namesake of the class, just entered Mideast waters late last week.