US-Iran: Tensions increase as Iran blasts mock US aircraft carrier
Tensions escalate between the US and Iran as Tehran fired a missile destroying US mock aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian missile drill was so intense that US forces put two of its military bases located in the UAE and Qatar on high alert. The attack alarm calls were first carried out by CNN which reported that, “intelligence indicators showed an Iranian missile possibly headed that way”.
The US Central Command, which watch over the region, confirmed the incident and condemned the attack as “irresponsible and reckless behaviour by Iran”, done with an intention “to intimidate and coerce”.
“At approximately 5.30am local time, Iran launched several ballistic missiles from Iran to the Southern Arabian Gulf,” spokeswoman Maj Beth Riordan said.
“The initial US assessment indicated a threat to two bases in the Gulf region that host US troops. Out of an abundance of caution, both bases enacted a heightened alert status.”
She added, “The incident lasted for a matter of minutes and an all-clear was declared after the threat indicator had passed. The safety and resilience of our service members and coalition partners is a top priority.The United States condemns these irresponsible missile launches in the vicinity of a congested maritime shipping lane.”
The ballistic missile drill, which was called Prophet Mohammed 14th, was broadcasted on the Islamic nation’s state television probably to showcase its might to its citizens.
“What was shown today in these exercises, at the level of aerospace and naval forces, was all offensive,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami told state television.
“The US Navy conducts defensive exercises with our partners promoting maritime security in support of freedom of navigation; whereas, Iran conducts offensive exercises, attempting to intimidate and coerce,” said Commander Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the US Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet.”While we are always watchful of this type of irresponsible and reckless behaviour by Iran in the vicinity of busy international waterways, this exercise has not disrupted coalition operations in the area nor had any impact on the free flow of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and surrounding waters.”