Iran Commander: IRGC Navy Rehearsing Strikes on U.S. Aircraft Carriers
Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said destruction of the U.S. Navy is a major operational goal of his forces, according to an interview with semi-official state media agency Fars on Tuesday.
“Conducting trainings, exercises and drills to get prepared for operational goals is always on our agenda and Americans and all the world know that one of the operational goals of the IRGC Navy is destruction of the U.S. naval force,” Admiral Fadavi said.
He said U.S. combat ability is based on air strikes and its planes are dependent on its aircraft carriers for takeoff, “hence, that is a natural thing that we want to sink these vessels,” the admiral said.
“If you take a look at [former U.S. Defense Secretary] Robert Gates’ book, you will see how he counts the vulnerabilities of aircraft carriers to the IRGC Navy and (that’s why) he asks for a change in the U.S. naval strategy,” he said. “This is no easy task, but they (the Americans) have started doing so as he has emphasized.”
The commander said the large size of the U.S. warships makes them an easy target for the IRGC naval force, as “we have very precise analyses of the design, construction and structures of these warships and we know how to act.”
Fadavi said the IRGC Navy has been conducting drills to practice sinking U.S. vessels after studying the “design, construction and structure of the U.S. warships” and produced “replicas of the US aircraft carriers,” Fars reported in a separate article on Tuesday.
“They (Americans) know nothing. We have been making and sinking replicas of U.S. destroyers, frigates and warships for long years, and we have sunk the replica of their vessels in 50 seconds through a series of operational measures,” he said, adding that a replica used in their target practice is 202 meters in length.
“We practice the same drills on replica aircraft carriers because sinking and destroying U.S. warships has, is and will be on our agenda,” he said, in a point that Fars italicized and set in bold on its website.
Last week, Fadvi said, “The presence of the U.S. and the arrogant powers creates insecurity in the Persian Gulf since they are after their arrogant goals which are in opposition to the interests of the regional people.”