Iranian Naval Commander Says US Aircraft Carrier Was Potential Target of Missile Attack
by David Daoud
An Iranian naval commander revealed that his forces had locked their missiles on a US aircraft carrier, semi-official Fars News Agency reported on Wednesday.
Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, said that the incident occurred during Iran’s seizure Tuesday of two US naval boats and their 10 sailors — who were released Wednesday.
Fadavi said that after the aircraft carrier USS Truman displayed “unprofessional moves,” Iranian naval forces went on high alert. “We prepared our coast-to-sea missiles, missile-launching speedboats and our numerous capabilities, to strike if they made a hostile move,” he said.
Fadavi said that the IRGC Navy warned the Truman to change course. Had it not done so, he claimed, the aircraft carrier would have been fired upon and destroyed.