Why is Iran building giant mock-up of U.S. aircraft carrier?
U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (L); Commercial satellite picture of Iran building a fake aircraft carrier (R)
March 21st, 2014
07:10 PM ET

Why is Iran building giant mock-up of U.S. aircraft carrier?

By Laura Koran

Amid ongoing high-level diplomatic talks between the United States and Iran, it's a symbol of underlying mistrust.

Commercial satellite images obtained by CNN reveal that Iran is constructing a large-scale replica of a U.S. military aircraft carrier, complete with fake U.S-style airplanes, near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.


The mock supercarrier seems to have been modeled off of an American Nimitz-class (CVN 68) carrier, down to the number "68" painted on the flight deck, though its intended use remains a mystery.

According to one U.S. official, the mock-up is more akin to a Hollywood set than an actual warship.

The U.S. government does not believe the carrier is functional, or that Iran is even capable of building an aircraft carrier.

The same official told CNN's Barbara Starr that while the purpose of the fake carrier is unknown, Iran may be planning to destroy it in a propaganda move. The Iranian government has blown up target barges in the past and aired the footage on its state-run media.

"If this is all for strategic effect," noted the official, "then with all eyes on the construction that seems to fizzle."

Nimitz-class carriers are the centerpiece of U.S. naval forces, and the largest warships in the world. Few countries have nuclear-powered carriers in their fleets.

The revelation that Iran is constructing this mock carrier comes at a potentially pivotal moment in U.S.-Iranian relations.

Back in November, negotiations between Iran and a coalition of countries that includes the United States brought about an interim agreement over Iran's nuclear program. Iran agreed to roll back parts of the program in exchange for an end to certain economic sanctions.

Negotiations on a larger deal are ongoing.

On Thursday, in a message to the Iranian people to commemorate the Persian new year, President Barack Obama said he is "committed to diplomacy" with their country.

But amid the softened rhetoric, there is lingering mistrust in both countries.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the American Jewish Congress in New York on Wednesday that she is "personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver" on the November deal.

And in January, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN's Jim Sciutto that the Obama administration has been mischaracterizing the terms of the agreement.

For now, the outcome of these diplomatic efforts and the fate of the fake aircraft carrier remain uncertain.

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  1. Roto

    To practice sinking a real one.

    March 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  2. ocean

    i weat in fiucher

    March 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  3. Solomon pee

    We are tierd of de western media and their propaganda for their parochial interest. US should leave IRAN alone and concentrate on the mess they caused in iraq, afghanistan n libya. R dey not ok? or is only out of fear for the future? if not they should face north korea squarely or the world most POWERFUL, RUSSIA! africa n the east is tierd of the molestation of the west!!!.

    March 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • shawn

      If we leave them Alone, how are we going to get oil?

      March 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Buy it?

        March 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm |
  4. Sarah

    I can see that aircraft carrier from my house!

    March 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      That's kind of funny seeing as how that aircraft carrier is on 9 month deployment near the horn of africa.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  5. Sarah

    We need to nuke these Uraniums...ah...it's all about moral equivilency...and...jobs, we have to create jobs. Obama is the worst president EVER. You betcha!

    March 22, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • dickenson

      not as long as dubya is on the same list.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  6. Wondering

    So the Iranians can understand nuclear fusion but the can't build an aircraft carrier? Who's in charge of that intelligence ??

    March 22, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • SUPERNU

      It's foe a MOVIE!!!

      http://www.payvand.com/news/13/may/1055.html

      STOP SWALLOWING LIES!

      March 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • Sarah

        Shhhh....you're disrupting a propaganda campaign.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm |
      • dickenson

        Probably. Supernu is right. Iran may not know how to build a nuclear carrier that wouldn't toast its own crew. But Iran DOES have a film-making industry, and tradition. They probably want to film a propaganda film, making US the bad guys, with a finale their intended audience would go wild for–the total destruction of an American carrier.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
      • SUPERNU

        Yah you are right, the U.S. never ever produces movies that makes IRAN looks BAD on purpose, or Muslims, that almost NEVER happens! The movie is about the U.S. bombing the Iranian aircraft in 1988, its being produced by AMERICANS and IRANIANS.

        March 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm |
    • paullubbock

      It is a dumb comment. I'm pretty sure there are lots of countries capable of building super carriers but what they need to explain is that the financial resources and vendors needed to put together and maintain such a large and complex ship is probably not in place to do this. Also, if the Iranians truly wanted to build a super carrier why would they build one "exactly" like an existing American right down to the model numbers. That does not make sense.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • blanda

        If they intend to use it in a false flag of their own making, it would serve as a tool to incite hatred within the people toward American and a means to rally the country against the West.

        March 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm |
      • Anglyn

        I think our sanctions are more effective in rallying the country behind its leadership than an aircraft carrier a bit too short to lift a plane, or most planes anyway, paper planes not included. I like the movie theory more than the military one.

        March 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm |
    • Answering

      Fission*

      March 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  7. David

    Remember Iran claim that they got our drone in the past, turns out to be fake too .theyso they say they want nuclear power for a good cause. To me,they are lying right out of their butts.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • Sarah

      "turns out to be fake too"

      What is your source for this information. Would like to see it....thanks!

      March 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Reply
      • dickenson

        Yeah. Sarah, I wish that whenever CNN shows a compare-and-contrast photo, they would use two photos with the same angled shot so that folks could see whether its the same or not...kind of hints of supermarket tabloids, doesn't it?

        March 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm |
  8. Johnny Lim

    Common sense. For their war games!
    Whosoever posted this article is an idiot.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:56 am | Reply
  9. dot8

    The Iranian government is un-trustful and frankly just plain evil!

    March 22, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • Welch

      Kind of like the USA.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Now now, Dont throw stones unless you can hit us in the head with it.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm |
    • jackcondobutwont

      Maybe the US Navy could give Iran a demonstration of what all a nuclear aircraft carrier can do!!

      March 22, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
      • shawn

        Let's get Halliburton, Dick Cheney and Bush to take care of this issue

        March 22, 2014 at 11:57 am |
      • Anglyn

        Right, let's ask the wizards. The wizards fix everything.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm |
      • SUPERNU

        ... or just maybe there's way too much incompetence in U.S. intelligence... No?

        It's for a MOVIE!!!

        http://www.payvand.com/news/13/may/1055.html

        STOP SWALLOWING LIES!

        March 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
      • Tim Kelly

        That is a good idea

        March 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm |
    • dickenson

      While ours, is just the opposite! Right?...it IS isn't it?

      March 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  10. Jonathan

    Well....obviously one would conclude they are using the mockup to perfect radar signature, guidance and carrier destroying missile technologies. Then they might blow it up afterwards and show it to their ignorant masses and tell them they toasted a US carrier. Just like their fake stealth fighter airplane was fed to the public as Iran's newest technology.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • fowler

      I agree. There are lots of training and diplomatic opportunities from a mock-up. First, they know carriers will be involved in case of war, so training scenarios abound. Second, once some training/research has been conducted it is makes U.S. involvement more risky. This is a smart move on Iran's part. The U.S. releasing the photos is required to minimize potential propoganda value. The mock-up doesnt have to be perfect as nobody expects their military to get very close to a real aircraft carrier. I can see Iran officials easily being convinced to build a few mock-ups.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • dickenson

      I'm not saying you're wrong, but, without the inner mechanics and electronics for a homing signal whatever they'd use to blow this model up, would not seriously threaten a US carrier, or it's escorts.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Reply
      • fowler

        Training has to begin somewhere. I don't honestly think they can be a real threat to a carrier, but this is a start for testing out military theories by Iran. They can tell their citizens they have prepared themselves to combat the carrier threat, even if we know they would never get within 1000 miles of a real carrier. Again, their military brass must think this is better than doing nothing. Even building a mock-up of this scale required budget that had to be justified. If they only wanted to pretend to blow up a carrier for propoganda, there are much cheaper ways to do that with models and CGI.

        March 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
  11. Alan

    Iran may be using this fake ship to fire off 1-2 missiles with electromagnetic pulse weapons off the coast of the United States. This is a legitimate threat which most US citizens are in denial about or just are not aware of such a device. The EMP is probably the most dangerous threat the the US right now.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:49 am | Reply
  12. shawn

    WMD, WMD, WMD
    Let's call Halliburton, Dick Cheney and Bush

    March 22, 2014 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Tgn103

      Give it a rest Shawn. The Blamer is the president. Has been for 5 awful years. Thankfully we are on the downslope of his term.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • shawn

        Down fall was started long before. Thanks to Bush and his family. At least they and their VP are rich with Halliburton.
        We can pay the Tab

        March 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm |
  13. Ameachi Philip

    please to all well-meaning staffs of CNN.I apologize for this but i m in need of financial assitance.I m a Nigerian and my contact number is 2340739566716.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • jackcondobutwont

      I bet some of the more soft headed ones like Don Lemon would be more than happy to help you out in your time one need!!

      March 22, 2014 at 11:56 am | Reply
  14. svann

    Its for the remake of Die Hard VII

    March 22, 2014 at 11:45 am | Reply
  15. tysnow

    They experts say they don't think it's functional, because they are scrambling to find out, if Iran built this over the last few years and nobody discovered it until recently and it is functional, Jesus the Israelis will surely attack it. Iran does have the sovereign right to build any ship or plane it wants, but according to the little country of 7 million, they determine what is right or wrong (sound familiar). Perhaps Iran wants Israel to destroy it and then they can motivate their population for War.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:45 am | Reply
  16. cfd

    It doesn't even remotely resemble an American aircraft carrier

    March 22, 2014 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • dickenson

      I have to agree with you cfd. There is an awful lot wrong with Iran's 'identical copy' just from this angle.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  17. JAFTD

    A small team of divers should be able to sink that look-alike on the bottom of the port without much trouble.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:43 am | Reply
  18. trollol

    Isn't this obvious? It is so satellites and spy planes could take a picture! If they wanted to keep this a secret it would at least have a canopy over it.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:40 am | Reply
  19. thebourneblogger

    Hey we should never underestimate the effects of fake war machines. Towards the end of WW2 the Americans were pushing the Nazi's back to Germany. They tried desperately to prevent them from reaching Germany b/c Hitler was a master of regrouping. But the American tanks ran out of gas in a large open plain. They were sitting ducks while they waited for fuel so the Americans fashioned dozens more tanks out of inflatable vinyl and staged them by the real tanks so when the Germans came back they would think they were outnumbered. It worked.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:38 am | Reply
    • shawn

      If we land Iran we will not run out of Oil. Let's invade and send oil tankers

      March 22, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
      • TrustNoGovt

        It's always about oil, isnt it. I'm sure you were one of those who said absolutely no to bombing Assad after he gassed and killed hundreds of children? Not enough oil in it for you?

        March 22, 2014 at 11:49 am |
      • mslch

        How did the US, UK started the aircraft carrier program? Mock up, mock up!

        Before committing 3 billions to build one, wouldn't be better to use a mock up to measure, design, test accessibility, functionality, and design reuirements: where to put things, how things should work, where the elevetor should be and how it should perform. On top of that, strategic and command training: running things, landing aircrafts, etc. Any country can build a low cost ACC and land low costs planes on it. Chinese makes cheap war planes now, they may not be much against the forces like US, but stationing them around the middle East can get siphoning oils from it a LOT harder.

        What about pushing around smaller nations around them?

        March 22, 2014 at 11:58 am |
      • jkflipflop

        Canada puts out over 10x the oil that Iran does. People that keep spewing "it's all for the oil!" are imbeciles.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm |
      • Anglyn

        We have already tried invading Canada and it didnt work out. We need oil from weak nations we can invade and suck dry. And it keeps our military economy going. That's what we need, not Canada.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm |
  20. Soldier 1

    Its a spaceship. Iran wants to go land on the sun. They plan to do it at night. Safer and cooler.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • JipJippity

      my thoughts exactly. Thankfully there's someone else here on can w/ some brains.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Now it makes sense. Iran builds a sun bound carrier. Upon arrival, they turn a massive mirror back to earth and burn Washington to the ground. (Oh wait, the British beat them to it. Damn Brits.)

        March 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
  21. Peter Grenader

    Have we checked to see if one of ours is missing/ Just sayin

    March 22, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • dickenson

      Ha!! Not bad! Not bad at all.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Brilliant idea.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm |
  22. Hugh Jassol

    I am the Ayatollah of Rockin' Rolla!!!

    March 22, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
  23. dan

    To those who say we should stop picking on the poor, innocent Iranians and mind our own business:

    There's no entirely 'innocent' explanation for building a mock-up Nimitz aircraft carrier, even if it's just intended for some sort of childish propaganda purpose.

    The Iranian regime funds terrorist activities and brutal oppressive regimes, that are killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. It is Iran that has supported and saved the Assad regime in Syria, both directly and through its proxy Hezbollah. Unlike other countries, they also openly threaten to attack and destroy other countries.

    While the United States is not perfect, and nor are other countries, no one comes close to the danger that the Iranian regime poses to rhe lives and safety of millions of people, let alone their liberty.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • shawn

      They got oil that belongs to US and Exxon Mobil

      March 22, 2014 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Josh

      Your comments are misguided. Iran has never threatened to destroy another country, nor have they attacked another country in in several hundred years unless it was on the defensive. They HAVE had their government overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the US and UK intelligence. The new resulting Shah Pahlavi effective stripped Iran of democracy and ruled as a complete monarchy with a brutal, iron fist while receiving support from the US, until he was effectively overthrown in the Iranian revolution. All this because they nationalized oil (that was rightfully theirs) and returned money to its citizens. So please excuse me while I do have a shred of sympathy for Iran. Any monster you perceive them to be today was our creation.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • Welch

        Wow, someone with a brain of their own. Well said.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:56 am |
    • Welch

      ""The Iranian regime funds terrorist activities and brutal oppressive regimes"... As does the US. .... killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians..." As has the US. Iraq come to mind? "... Unlike other countries, they also openly threaten to attack and destroy other countries..." Right. They have NEVER in their history instigated another war. The US on the other hand? Over fifty.

      " no one comes close to the danger that the Iranian regime poses to rhe lives and safety of millions of people, let alone their liberty." You are either brain dead or severely brainwashed. Your own country is a far, far bigger threat to other countries in the world.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • SUPERNU

      Yes, there's an explanation. It's the fact you never heard of GOOGLE, right?

      Let me gogle that for you.. http://www.payvand.com/news/13/may/1055.html

      STOP SWALLOWING LIES!

      March 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Noshel

      Dan,
      Why do you have GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota Nissan, and the others? Its because its a free world, and any one with an Idea can and are within their rights to develop them.
      If Iran want to build a flying saucer, or a UFO, they have every rights to do so, its none of our businesses. and If they want to build Nukes, or a Aircraft carrier, it should be none of our business either.
      Why do we believe that we are almighty GOD?. Because this seem to be our behavior, We seem to want to protect our home land, but no one else should protect theirs, according to our doctrine!.

      We are worried, because now it seem to be looking more and more realistic that one day we may be on the receiving end, and that's what we are afraid of, before we continue to believe that we are GOD.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  24. Glenda

    Who cares what they are doing?... maybe its for a movie shoot.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply
  25. jdeye

    This is a movie prop, for a film to be directed by Nader Talebzadeh and Paxton Winters.

    http://www.mashreghnews.ir/fa/news/295806/

    See earlier:
    http://isna.ir/en/news/92041207490/Iran-US-to-coproduce-film-on-1988-US-attack
    and
    http://www.payvand.com/news/13/may/1055.html

    March 22, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • SUPERNU

      This is LOLZ.. and the info came from U.S. intelligence officials.. ... and none of them had a CLUE that it's a movie prop? When will this incompetence end?

      L M F A O

      Way to go CIA, good job on finding nothing...

      sack the idiots that released that info, sack them now.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  26. Chillie Willie

    Gotta be for some stupid propaganda bollywood style movie set.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • thelostexpedition

      It may LOOK like a movie prop, but I bet they've got that Malaysian airliner hidden inside it! They aren't fooling me!

      March 22, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
  27. dan

    propaganda. plain and simple. we do the same exact thing in the US.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • shawn

      Yes,
      But we need to get ready for Iranian Oil

      March 22, 2014 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • TrustNoGovt

        Go drink some oil, moron. Is this Dick Cheney?

        March 22, 2014 at 11:50 am |
  28. Freedom Forever

    The RQ-170 they captured should tell you about it hahahahahaha

    March 22, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Sarah

      A plane goes missing, a fake US carrier.....I'm just saying.....

      March 22, 2014 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • Freedom Forever

        got missing or got captured ?
        The answer determines your IQ,SAT, GMAT, GRE ... etc

        March 22, 2014 at 11:42 am |
  29. Order 66

    Impliment Order 66

    March 22, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
  30. Shane_Q

    Could it be tugged into the straight of hormuz to block oil tankers?

    March 22, 2014 at 11:28 am | Reply
  31. Welch

    I think that nasty, evil, hypocritical government is using this as part of some propaganda campaign to vilify the "enemy".

    Not sure what the Iranians are doing though.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • don

      who's nasty,evil government? ours?or theirs?

      March 22, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
      • Sarah

        It's called a joke.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm |
  32. Its almost time..

    building nukes, fake warship, the staged 911 and the murder of 100<s of people. I smell retaliation. it's time to build my bunker.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • shawn

      Get ready to load Oil Tankers

      March 22, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
      • TrustNoGovt

        You must be George Bush Sr?

        March 22, 2014 at 11:51 am |
  33. Nosredna

    Has anyone actually asked the Iranians why they are building the mock Carrier?

    March 22, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Jules

      Ask? Now that's just crazy talk.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • Welch

        That"s a sign of weakness.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:28 am |
    • Mitt Romney

      Do you really think you would get a truthful answer? Or any answer at all?

      March 22, 2014 at 11:33 am | Reply
      • Romnesia

        Hey Mitt, give it up, you lost, lying flip flopper.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:52 am |
      • Joe

        So your answer is to not ask anything at all. Your gut feeling is good enough? Forget gathering intelligence too for that matter. It's no wonder your people keep losing elections.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
  34. Harleigh

    How for something to practice on?

    March 22, 2014 at 11:19 am | Reply
  35. Jules

    It's a movie prop. Why else put in so much detail?

    It's not like they can blow it up for propaganda and trick people that it's the real thing.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Harleigh

      You appear to no nothing about the members of the intelligence community in America and how easily they are fooled.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • Crimzin

      Sure they can. It's kind of easy to deceive people when the only news they have access to is state-run.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
  36. marty in MA

    Iran make sequel to Argo

    March 22, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • Jules

      I wonder I'm Ben Affleck will return for this one.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
      • Jules

        Stupid auto-correct typos

        March 22, 2014 at 11:23 am |
  37. IpseCogita

    I do like the non sequitur Clinton quote.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
  38. Socrates

    The Iranians are planning to invade the US for New Year's Eve.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:14 am | Reply
  39. Amanda

    Iranian "Top Gun." DUH.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • thebourneblogger

      Hey never underestimate the effects of fake war machines. Towards the end of WW2 the Americans were pushing the Nazi's back to Germany. They tried desperately to prevent them from reaching Germany b/c Hitler was a master of regrouping. But the American tanks ran out of gas in a large open plain. They were sitting ducks while they waited for fuel so the Americans fashioned dozens more tanks out of inflatable vinyl and staged them by the real tanks so when the Germans came back they would think they were outnumbered. It worked.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:37 am | Reply
  40. dan

    "modeled off of..." ?

    Is this the condition of journalism and editing at CNN.com?

    March 22, 2014 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Welch

      When you wean a generation on the Kardashians and Honey Boo-Boo it's hard to find good people.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • DJ Reality

      U-S-S N-i-m-i=t=z

      March 22, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
      • DJ Reality

        Sorry I did the wrong. It should be "U-S-S-N-I-M-I-T-Z". My mistake....

        March 22, 2014 at 11:37 am |
  41. sgtrock101

    target practice for an aircraft assault on a US carrier.

    March 22, 2014 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • Welch

      I'd like to see that.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:08 am | Reply
      • Jim1073

        That would be sad. Destroy 2 of our buildings and we take out a country. What would you think the result of destroying a carrier filled with 5,000 service members would accomplish? You think we get upset when a bunch of business men get killed, imagine what would happen should the service men who are sons and daughters, uncles, fathers and mothers were to be killed by destroying 1 of our carriers?

        March 22, 2014 at 11:29 am |
  42. Talhouk

    This fake aircraft my be Will be use like missille kamikaz if there a conflict to attack amercain's fleets in golf but how when amercain's aircraft attack Iran in return this fake aircraft take the place for one amercain 's aircraft and attack fleet where Will be atterist good iranian's idea

    March 22, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • dan

      What language is this?

      March 22, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Nosredna

      Huh?

      March 22, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
  43. Potu

    Why is there so much allergy about Iran all the time in news media and in the US? What is it? Looks like everyone is trying to malign them every conceivable way for no reason. So what if they want to mock an aircraft carrier? Does it make anyone's stomach upset? If your stomach is upset just take a pepto or go to the nearest bathroom to relieve yourself. Give us a break.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Welch

      Wow, someone that actually thinks for themselves. What do you know!

      March 22, 2014 at 10:58 am | Reply
      • Jim1073

        thinking for yourself and putting your head in the sand are two different things. So what if they want to build a boat that is 2/3 the size of the real one but any given day, that country is a threat to most the rest of the world.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:09 am |
      • Anglyn

        Everyone knows how sensitive we are here in the States when we are mocked. Damn it, when will they learn that words (and images) hurt?!?! These people must be wiped off the map, pushed into the ocean, or whatever. Mocking us damages our soul, and makes us crazy, just plain crazy about our next war. When do we start it, who will it be against, and what spoils will we win this time? Consequences are something we pass on to future generations, right now, we need to get these mockers back in line.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:21 am |
    • dude

      In 1980, Iraq attacked Iran. Amongst other things, Iraq launched poison gas warheads into Tehran to kill civilians.
      Iran held a deep hatred of Saddam Husein.
      The Nimitz was deployed against Iraq in 1991.
      The Nimitz served against Iraq again in the second Gulf War and against the Taliban in Afghanistan, another enemy of Iran.

      Perhaps, Iran is making a war movie about the Persian Gulf war.
      Perhaps in response to the historic in accuracies in 300, they are going to make an intentionally inaccurate movie.
      Perhaps they just want to portray Saddam getting his butt kicked.
      Perhaps they are making a movie of the war in Afghanistan.
      Perhaps is it just a tourist attraction.

      Very doubtful that Iran wants to engage with the Nimitz, or that a large scale model would be of any use to them.

      One thing is for certain. We don't have enough information to even speculate.

      Um, I mean, big cover up, Knew Whirled Odor. . .

      March 22, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
  44. nuke

    time to nuke em.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:56 am | Reply
    • Welch

      Thanks Hitler.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • Jim1073

        yes, cause hitler had any interest in nuking anyone. He wanted territory, for some reason he figured bigger was better.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:09 am |
      • nicole

        I would rather have Hitler than the coward we have. At least you know he will fight to protect the homeland.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:15 am |
      • Jim1073

        Don't let your hate for the opposing party fool you into thinking he is a coward. Just because he used diplomacy to get Syria chem weapons destroyed, Iran to start nuke talks and avoid the start to ww3 does not make him a coward. it makes him level headed and willing to try everything at his disposal before committing us once again to another foreign war. If republicans were in power now we would most likely be involved in atleast 2 new military campaigns and potentially another with Russia. Getting the international community more involved in world issues rather then just attacking people is to be commended and not eulogized in the memory of hitler.....which I really hope, for your sake, you meant in jest.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:21 am |
      • Anglyn

        Classic lesser evil logical fallacy. Bravo. That only makes sense in a bubble.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:29 am |
      • Welch

        "I would rather have Hitler than the coward we have. At least you know he will fight to protect the homeland."

        Who do you want to fight? That's the answer to everything for you folks, isn't it? Bomb them all. And what is the threat to your homeland? Seriously. I can't belive the stupidity of some people. Like you haven't wreaked enough havoc or killed enough people around the world. Disgusting.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:23 am |
  45. Bill.X

    "Why is Iran building giant mock-up of U.S. aircraft carrier?" – So we can have target practice and blow it up.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:54 am | Reply
  46. Festivusfortherestofus

    Iran sure is a crazy place.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • Welch

      Well, Iran according to CNN and western media is a crazy place. What is the real Iran like? Live there for ten years to answer that. Do you think it just might be a LITTLE different that how it is portrayed to us?

      March 22, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
      • Jim1073

        Not really. The people are good, just as they are in most countries but its the government that is the problem....like most countries. All nukes need to be removed from this planet and since the superpowers have been reducing their stockpiles we can't really allow other countries to start building them again.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:11 am |
      • Welch

        "The people are good, just as they are in most countries but its the government that is the problem.."

        Gee, reminds me of a few other countries I know.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:31 am |
    • Jake

      I spent two weeks backpacking/couchsurfing across Iran in January and can report that the country is full of kind welcoming people and i never felt unsafe for an instant. The media of both countries is guilty in portraying the other badly but i am embarrassed to say Iranians seem a little better at seeing through it.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:14 am | Reply
      • Joe

        Thanks for a sane reply and one with knowledge of having been there. People who leave comments here whose only travel is to Wal-Mart or a hunting trip in the woods really pollute valid opinions.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:38 am |
      • Anglyn

        Right on.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
  47. Welch

    Anglyn-re war...yes, it is a huge issue. A big part of it is that it is big business. Also, the average American has been so brainwashed, and is so ignorant of the issues, that they believe their government really is benign and well-meaning. America is an empire, in very sense of the word. The overall goal is to keep the global wealth pump going, and they are clearly willing to interfere in, undermine, and if necessary bomb other countries into submission to do so.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • Jim1073

      Every country brainwashes their people even yours. America is not evil and I would not say they are imperial in any way. What they are is Capitalist and that has its own set of evils but I would rather a capitalist country be #1 than a communist one any day. As long as Iran intends to build nukes then they need to be dealt with, if they don't build them then fine, let them be but until then we will be all over them. If you think this world is a better place with nukes in the hands of people who will use them then I am sad to say you are already lost.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
  48. Robert C Lawson

    Well, Given the expenses involved, and the fact that almost all the material must be acquired out of country?,.It is not likely to be just for some "propaganda" deal,..training perhaps?[but that could be done without building this],..practice take offs and landings?[odd but ??],.I suspect it is a part of another "external enemy" deal,, to try and keep the USA status as a threat alive in one! particular situation,[in country]..They have to know we can see it,even before they build it,..hmmm.. methinks I will let the grey cells churn on this one for a bit then decide,..LOL,..It is odd though isn't it??..

    March 22, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
  49. Festivusfortherestofus

    Boy there are some great modellers in Iran. Must be the guy who built that fake Iranian stealth fighter. He has gone "big" this time. Must have used up the entire world's supply of balsa wood.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:50 am | Reply
  50. john pickett

    Iran make sequel to Argo 🙂

    March 22, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • jwhgcyugfr

      تحذير قد تكون مراقب
      هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه ( يوتيوب, فيس بوك, تويتر,غرف الشات..) للتجسس!
      warning you may be watched
      do usa & israel use the internet ( youtube, facebook, twitter, chat rooms,ect...)to collect informations,,,,can we call that spying ?do they record&analyse everything on the internet?
      they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,place of work,ur mobile number.............ect, can they use these informations in a way that may harm you?!

      March 22, 2014 at 10:47 am | Reply
      • stan

        Very astute. Perhaps not our immediate generation, but the next generation will be so saturated with integrated systems that privacy and self-determination will become a thing of the past. They already use algorithms to predict our advertising, it's just a small jump to establishing civilian activity boundaries. Cross the line and be prosecuted for the probability of committing a certain crime.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:33 am |
  51. Thiago Kistenmacher Vieira

    Iranians have a locked country, they have a religious government, so, what can happen there? There are big part of that people willing to do some war against western!!! This U.S.A government is BAD! The iranian nuclear program is a mistake! These Ayatollah are perilous!!!

    March 22, 2014 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • shawn

      Yes,
      We need to send our Tax dollars to Israel

      March 22, 2014 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • Shamus

      Your grammar is BAD.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply
  52. Buckn

    They probably want to make a propaganda movie to show to their minions and lemmings, showing how they defeated the American fleet.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • stan

      Maybe they've found a way to sink the 68 and are using it as a training dummy for those thousands of small, fast moving boats they use. It's so sad to see how so many people are so quick to underestimate one of the oldest cultures on the planet. Your arrogance will be your downfall.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:37 am | Reply
  53. shawn

    They are building a aircraft carrier or a Mockup ship, it is non of our business.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Getbent

      That has to be the lamest troll I've read in awhile.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • *tim deberry

      What the hell is wrong with you of course it's our business they may be planning an attack on one of or carriers once they made it, it became our business if your afraid of a war get over it I'm pretty sure you won't have to fight, people like myself will and besides we volunteer to do it, besides its gonna happen sooner rather than later why not do it before they have a nuke I get so tired of you cowards crying about the military doing what's got to be done

      March 22, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • shawn

        I am not interested to fight for oil. I can earn my own living and I am not Bush or Cheney either

        March 22, 2014 at 11:31 am |
      • Anglyn

        That's why we need stories like this one. Get our hackles up, stir our eagle feathers. The fact is is ridiculous wont occur to us until later for the most part. That's the Bush-Cheney-Obama plan at least, and it has worked before. When we start telling our own jokes about these things and quit being so earnest about their jokes, the Vietnam generation will lose power and all we have to do, mostly, is laugh at them.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
      • *tim deberry

        Why is it you people always think were fighting for oil we didn't take Iraq's oil we had troops secure them for the Iraqis but if you can show me proof that we did I'll change my mind no problem

        March 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
  54. Spectator

    For your amusement:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gachin+Clinic/@27.0542768,55.9723727,441m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3ef82267fa1a1379:0x4f4a7497e9ea6756

    March 22, 2014 at 10:38 am | Reply
  55. Noshel

    Some of us seem to be shivering in our boots, that The Hitola we brand as terrorist can build Aircraft carriors like ours, now we are wondering , if they will park it off Washington, or California?.

    May be we should start accepting the words of the Bible, which said. " DO UNTO OTHERS AS WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO DO UNTO US" This may be what the world need to get some of us idiots conscious that no matter what language other people speak, we all are from the same species, and we mush have respect for others, and their rights to live like us and don't have to be living under threats , form any one.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Welch

      "May be we should start accepting the words of the Bible, which said. " DO UNTO OTHERS AS WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO DO UNTO US"

      No money in that.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • rogerthat2014

      The U.S. and Iran should first rid ourselves of our weapons of mass destruction, religion.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply
      • Welch

        You are spot on there my friend.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:00 am |
  56. Phil

    This isn't that hard to figure out. Target practice. Forgetting, of course, that any Iranian aircraft that got within 100 miles of an actual carrier will be shot out of the sky.....

    March 22, 2014 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Noshel

      That's silly talk, the Iranian have every rights to international waters , just as we do. so you seem to be looking for a fight and one day you may just get a bloody nose.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:39 am | Reply
      • Getbent

        Wow. Apparently, the Iranian lame squad is on the prowl today, protecting the brave Iranian morans against American comments. Go home troll.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:45 am |
    • stan

      The USA, when 'showing strength', often on their very own bring their carriers INTO attack range. It's fairly predictable really.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        You dont imply WE are baiting these people just sailing around their gulf, fully armed and ready to have an accident or misinterpretation or whatever. WE are innocent until proven guilty and since we recognize no higher authority than ourselves that is highly unlikely. On the other hand, maybe other people would like us more if WE could fathom why they are upset. These are the big questions of our day, folks.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm |
  57. cpc65

    The want to film their own version of the movie Final Countdown.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:34 am | Reply
  58. Caliostro

    CNN, thank you for deleting my posts, you are a true free voice of America!

    March 22, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
  59. Ima wright

    Fake ship floats into US harbor carrying a nuke on board. Click. Boom. No need to build guided missiles if you can float it in. Of course, the US can't easily detect radioactive material in and around our country, so that would not really be feasible. I'm guessing propaganda. Maybe showing fake Iranian bodies in the ocean as the carrier looms in the background. Or go fasts attacking it like the USS Cole.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
  60. Don

    Maybe they could float weapons from one location to another under the guise of being a U.S. Aircraft carrier.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • Thiago Kistenmacher Vieira

      They have a lot of their soldiers fighting In Syria right now, maybe to go to there? To do something like that? The iranian government, of course, is funding jihadists and Hezbollah soldiers in Syria... what is happening there has a "hand" of Iran as well...

      March 22, 2014 at 10:47 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        The invisible hand of Iran sounds like a bad rap rhyme. Don't quit your day job.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:26 am |
    • droz

      I assure you, aircraft carriers do not go around the world without being tracked. The DoD knows where each one is at all times. A report of a US aircraft carrier not where one should be would come down the line very quickly. In this instance, even before it's finished being built. So I hope trying to use it to mount some lame attack wasn't the reason they are building this thing. Not sure how a nation that can achieve nuclear fusion could be that dumb. OTOH, only other thing they could be using it for is propaganda, which is pretty dumb too.

      March 22, 2014 at 11:00 am | Reply
  61. BO

    You re-elect Obasma and you think I'M the idiot?

    GW

    March 22, 2014 at 10:28 am | Reply
  62. Jon

    Maybe they are concocting some absurd attempt to seize one of ours. Our military and police forces have "shoot houses" to train in preperation for such encounters.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:26 am | Reply
  63. tim

    Imitation is the sencerist form of flattery.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:25 am | Reply
  64. SatelliteSteve

    Sure it's a ploy against America. Once they get sanctions loosened up they have a 900 horsepower Mustang they want to sell for $5,000 a piece!

    March 22, 2014 at 10:21 am | Reply
  65. Eddie

    We should pay attention but not be too concerned – do not undermine the U.S. defensive capabilities – the U.S. Armed forces (overall) but specially the Navy are very professional and show a great deal of restrain in the Gulf despite the constant threats and harassment from the Iranians in the Arabian Gulf. We have had enough reasons already to fill lots of those speed boats with lead but we're not taking the bait. If you think we cannot defend ourselves from the Iranians, you're flat out an ignorant. Maybe the Russians can learn a little about restrain in Crimea/Ukraine. There's a major conflict brewing in a Black Sea near you.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • Welch

      "the U.S. Armed forces (overall) but specially the Navy are very professional and show a great deal of restrain"

      That's funny. Like in Iraq?

      March 22, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • BB

      FYI
      It's the Persia Gulf.

      March 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn

        I thought it was their gulf. Oh my bad. Right right, we are world cops with jurisdiction everywhere but no one has jurisdiction over our crimes because that would violate our privacy. Interesting little legal problem for the rest of the world.

        March 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm |
  66. james

    "The U.S. government does not believe the carrier is functional, or that Iran is even capable of building an aircraft carrier".........thats funny but the u.s nows iran can build nuclear weapons . Just like how they new iraq had nuclear weapons. I guess building nuclear weapons is easier than building an aircraft.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Welch

      Face it....there are just a lot of people out there that believe the USA has the right to bomb the rest of the world into submission. Biggest threat to the world? The USA itself. So ironic.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:19 am | Reply
      • Eddie

        You mean like the Russians are doing to defenseless Ukraine?

        March 22, 2014 at 10:22 am |
      • Anglyn

        The Ukranie is defenseless because this is a NATO game.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:06 am |
      • Welch

        Eddie, are you aware that the USA and its security apparatus has been fomenting unrest and revolution in Ukraine for the past twenty years, trying to overthrow their democracy? Or do you just ignore that? Is it OK that they do so, and support right-wing anti-semitic nazis? You think Russia should just bow to this, as well as Nato's relentless push East? Seriously? You need to stop swallowing your media's propaganda my friend. Try looking beyond CNN and educatign yourself on the issues.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:40 am |
      • Anglyn

        But independent thinking is time consuming and potentially painful. Careful, careful.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:49 am |
      • BEVERLY WINNINGHAM

        Kudo's to you for having the B-S to say what the maority of us are thinking !!!!!!!

        March 22, 2014 at 10:40 am |
  67. Government Waste Rules

    No doubt planning terrorist activity, even though the war on terror is apparently over per our know nothing President Obama.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Welch

      Yeah, must be those nasty TERRORIST eh buddy? How many hundred THOUSAND "terrorists" has your country murdered in the last twenty years? Oh I forgot...you're pready "democracy" and "freedom".

      March 22, 2014 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • Welch

        sorry....SPREADING democracy and freedom.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:36 am |
      • Stucarius

        I'm thinking we need to kill one more.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:14 am |
  68. LowCan

    coz Iran is a fake Persia

    March 22, 2014 at 10:16 am | Reply
  69. davezs1

    Obama fails gain .His policies toward Iran are a joke .They are developing nuclear weapons and he issues more apologies.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • Welch

      Actually, most intelligence suggests they are not. What, want another war? You right-wing nutjobs sure like to bomb brown people.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:14 am | Reply
      • Nutjob

        Looking at your posts Welch it seems you are somewhat of a nutjob!

        March 22, 2014 at 10:35 am |
      • Anglyn

        Yes, but Welch is a fake nutjob like a big aircraft carrier, while you are the real thing at the top of your game. WElch isn't actually a nutjob, but we can be sure about you dear.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:52 am |
      • Anglyn

        Even their despised religious leaders say they are not a nuke seeking nation. We disbelieve Iranians but believe our own leadership. If we can just shift that over, this convo might take on real sophistication. Just a thought. Our hysterics about falsehood might be better served cold at home.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:38 am |
      • *tim deberry

        Welch people like you are the reason this country is so jacked up you need to go to Iraq or Afghanistan and see what those people are capable of one picture I have burned into my mind is a 5 year old little girl decapitated and her head on a stake in the yard of her parents because her father helped us catch some guys moving weapons so yes I have no problem killing the bad brown people not all of them just the bad ones so get out of your moms basement and do something productive with your pathetic life

        March 22, 2014 at 11:06 am |
      • Anglyn

        Wow, that diatribe made you sound so manly. It is a crisis for men like you to think about a different approach, but I am afraid the 19th century worldview has gotten old around the edges. So it is all about protecting the little people like me. Funny, I don't see much of that going on. If they are in my basement, I will enjoy seeing them come into the light day, but it is unlikely I'll get any help from you or my government. This logic that you are using here is classic and flawed as militancy tends to be. Everything becomes security, more and more fear. Until the notion collapses under its own weight. That's what fear mongers fear the most.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:12 am |
      • Welch

        I agree much of the middle east is living in the fourteenth century. But bombing them into submission is not going to change them. I also have no problem going after some of the very nasty–that threaten our own security. But we are il-advised to think we can change their religious and tribal nature through the barrel of a gun. Or drones, that kill a vastly disproportionate number of civilians, and create more enemies than they kill. My biggest beef, however, is the hypocricy of western nations, who are more than willing to ignore international law and human rights when it suits their purpose. Seriously, have you listened to John Kerry lecturing Russia? I don't know whether to laugh or cry. The hypocricy is vometous.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:39 am |
      • Anglyn

        You lost me with the tribal nature argument. We are all post colonial here, if they are tribal, we are worse. Frankly, I don't think there's much tribal left even in Native First nations here much less in the cradle of civilization. Let's not forget that in the 14th century, the middle east was the only culture still in touch with ancient Greek literature, the only empire spanning

        March 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm |
      • Anglyn

        hundred of miles with an intact financial/banking system from end to end, and they knew how to make soap. Now if we want to get picky, which of those could we live without now?

        March 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm |
  70. scranton

    Don't know why they are but one thing is for sure with the complete Obama foreign policy failure Israel is going to take Iran out. They no longer have any faith in America's current president.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • Welch

      "complete Obama foreign policy failure"

      What, not enough body bags arriving home?

      March 22, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • Government Waste Rules

        Hey are we still in Afghanistan? Oh yeah! As a matter of fact our Nobel Prize winning campaigner in chief expanded the war there!
        Libtard logic fail.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:17 am |
      • Anglyn

        Obama is no more liberal than Bush was conservative. Both cut from the same generational cloth as Clinton and that generation is determined to pay for their retirement with war profits since Wall St. has dumped them. Unless we lose, in which case, we can't pay for their retirements at all because we went broke fighting wars for 40 years. It only make sense if you see Obama as a false liberal extending the false conservative agenda. The Vietnam generation never recovered from losing, and they are really hot to fight the world and win. They can't, but they can kill millions and have, pursuing it.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:33 am |
      • Welch

        War is your answer to everything isn't it. BTW, I am not a liberal, I am not American. Just a global citizen disgusted by both parties in your government. Tow heads of the same viilent, imperialist, vometously hypocritical coin.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:22 am |
      • Anglyn

        Yes, war is our answer to everything. It is a real problem for us. We keep asking questions and hitting the same answer. I think we have a perception problem. A post colonial political psychology. Your thoughts?

        March 22, 2014 at 10:25 am |
    • Madak

      Good. Let them fight their own battles.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:14 am | Reply
  71. McFly

    I love how we have crystal clear satellite images of fake us war ships but we cant find a missing plane in the middle of the ocean

    March 22, 2014 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • nisroc00

      LOL so true

      March 22, 2014 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Madak

      Iran is 636,400 sq miles, Indian Ocean is 28.4 million sq miles. Still confused?

      March 22, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • Reason & Logic

      Simple explanation, the fake aircraft carrier is above water and the missing plane is probably under water.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • CICWO

      Too many folks think the world works like a Hollywood movie, with everyone and everything constantly monitored.. The Iranian shipyard is on land and does not move. Easy to photograph with satellite imagery. A missing aircraft with no exact known location and all emitters secured (with two entire oceans to search) means we may never determine it's final resting place. Let the real search & rescue pros do their job to the best of their abilities, using the various technologies owned & operated by multiple nations/organizations. It will take time to find that aircraft.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • BEVERLY WINNINGHAM

      BINGO !!!!!1

      March 22, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
  72. Welch

    Who knows if this story is even true? I don't trust anything the governments tell us anymore.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:08 am | Reply
  73. common tater

    Could be for terrorist training purposes.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:06 am | Reply
  74. Bob Marshal

    Why build it? For the same reason we built a replica of a Pakistani neighborhood prior to the bin Laden attack, training.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:06 am | Reply
  75. Allen

    Here is a crazy idea: Let's ask them what they're doing!

    March 22, 2014 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • Welch

      Now now, talking with people may get in the way of war, build understanding, and perhaps even lead to peaceful relations. We wouldn't want that.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:10 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Ask them? Them? How did we lower ourselves to that idea? They took us hostage back when we were a second rate super power. WE can't let them get us again. Never ask when you can attack first and ask questions later. Besides, they would lie to us, and you know how upset we get over lies (ie other people's lies) . . . back to square one.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:17 am |
      • Welch

        Amgly, you are either ignorant, or willfully ignorant. Or both. Do you remember that little thing about your government OVERTHROWING their DEMOCRATICALLY elected government, wingnut? Yeah, you know, because they nationalized their oil industry? Your defense of your corrupt, hypocritical, fascist empire is enough to make me puke. Get educated if you want to play with the adults, will you?

        March 22, 2014 at 10:26 am |
      • Anglyn

        What, we wanted their oil back in the 50s? Wow, you would have thought the Vietnam 401K generation would have question that part of their parents plans back in their hippie days. Disco did damage their potential I am afraid. Well, I guess we should think about maybe a few little questions about falsehoods. I seem to remember something, something, something about the Gulf of Tonkin? But I could be wrong about all this stuff. My warranty is out. There we were not attacked by a real navy, very small but real, but we lied about it. Here we have made the leap to replica vessels, phantom vessels, wannabe aircraft carriers apparently a little too short for safe take off. Ok so maybe the guns will work? Other than the vessel (maybe) itself, since it is still on land, will not fire on us again? It does get confusing when history is factored in.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:03 am |
  76. Stick

    It might be something far more serious. A very similar mock replica of a US ship, copied in detail, could be a training exercise target for special boarders or those hostile superfast powerboats now hovering constantly about US naval military ships in the Gulf of Arabia / Persian Gulf. The Pentagon should not be yawning about this...

    March 22, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Harvey

      Same thought crossed through my mind. Wonder how much detailed information they have about the internal layout and if they are trying to duplicate it also

      March 22, 2014 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Eddie

      Did you know the Russians attempted to build a carrier like ours? Well, it's a known fact they copy everything (Russians and Chinese) – and while they may have succeeded at building something similar to ours, they have failed in making it work – that's where the rubber meets the road.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • Deadstroke

      BOARDERS??? You do realize that there are 5,000 (I repeat.....5,000!!!) troops aboard a Nimitz class aircraft carrier? Many of those troops are armed at all times, and all of whom could be with about 90 seconds of warning time. You people really need to do your homework about what these aircraft carriers are and what they're capable of. They also never travel alone. There are destroyers, frigates and possibly an attack sub with them. Also, two carriers are never very close to one another. If another 1,000 foot long ship was seen on radar 100 MILES away, and didn't ping back that it was a U.S. ship, all ships within that carrier group would go to battle stations. This scenario simply isn't even remotely possible.

      Oh, and to the genius above who made fun of the U.S.'s statement that Iran wouldn't have the capability to build the equivalent of a Nimitz class carrier, the answer is yes. Building a nuclear weapon may very well be easier that building one of these ships.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:50 am | Reply
  77. Dan

    Maybe they're shooting a new Schwarzenegger movie.

    March 22, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • shistone

      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 22, 2014 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • thelostexpedition

      Somebody in the CIA needs to make sure one of their "Canadian film crews" isn't in Iran right now.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:19 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        I don't think so. Canadians would get us some nice footage on the ground and put some background music to it. This looks like the work of us.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:26 am |
    • charles sd

      haha wouldn't be surprised by that at all.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:29 am | Reply
  78. Retired Commentator

    All of you made fun of Iran when they announce downing the RQ-170. I hope this is another hit on your heads too LOL

    March 22, 2014 at 9:59 am | Reply
  79. tromain

    this is the new Cheney class carrier being built by the lowest bidder. Iran won

    March 22, 2014 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • Welch

      It doesn't look evil enough.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  80. DingDong111

    It's being built to go with their cardboard stealth bomber.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:57 am | Reply
  81. RockaG

    Iran keeps their people uneducated and isolated for fear that they will rise up and take over. It's easy to fool dumb people with a fake aircraft carrier

    March 22, 2014 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • tromain

      Yes. They use the American social model

      March 22, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Right, we fell for that silly yellow cake story and still haven't apologised.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:05 am |
      • Pietro

        American here...Can confirm!

        March 22, 2014 at 10:08 am |
    • Welch

      Whereas Washington keeps Americans fighting about issues like gay marriage and medical marajuana while on a steady diet of Cheese-o's and Honey Boo-|Boo.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Honey boo boo keeps us informed, don't you know anything? Take away Honey Boo Boo, and I would be completely lost in politics. The superiority of our culture is obvious

        March 22, 2014 at 10:04 am |
    • samir

      dumb is your comment sir. how do you know that Iranians are uneducated?

      March 22, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply
  82. more2bits

    It's building it to frame the USA in the minds of all Muslims. They stole flight 370 to use as a carrier for a WMD (nuke from NK) and then regardless of it's target will blame the USA by sending a few missiles from the carrier at the same time the nuke is detonated.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
  83. Welch

    How could John Kerry lecture Russia on "not attacking other countries to further their own interests" with a straight face. What a vometous pile of hypocricy the US government has become.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • tromain

      Lots of practice.

      March 22, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
  84. tromain

    its Obama's fault. He encouraged them to build it

    March 22, 2014 at 9:52 am | Reply
  85. N8twon

    Trojan horse another nation.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:52 am | Reply
  86. Welch

    The United States is pure evil.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:49 am | Reply
  87. Brian

    I would never trust a government that lies, murders, imprisons, intimidates its own people, that controls the media, censors the internet and uses extreme propaganda against its own people. and doesn't allow for free elections of its leaders. The Ultimate leader is a fascist murderer claiming to be religious, he doesn't have a clue what that means. He's just a extremist.

    For the same reasons I don't trust Russia. Its not wonder that they are betrothed to each other.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Welch

      OK, enough about the US and Russia. What about Iran?

      March 22, 2014 at 9:50 am | Reply
  88. joejoe

    US should take this seriously. They are going to attack Russian targets with this aircraft carrier, which will effectively lead to WW3.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • Brian

      Iran doesn't have to do that. Russia is already creating an environment for the World to attack them.

      March 22, 2014 at 9:50 am | Reply
      • Welch

        When the Iranian people finally restore their democratically elected government and then the USA overthrows it (AGAIN) they will use it for some strategic purpose.

        March 22, 2014 at 9:56 am |
    • Mke

      You are of course making a joke out of it and that could be the case. But it may also be they will use it to test their at sea aircraft carrier detection systems, shore to ship missle accuracy and other tactics to destroy US carriers, which is not quite so funny.

      March 22, 2014 at 9:59 am | Reply
  89. Max

    Gonna make a giant tub for it afterwards?

    March 22, 2014 at 9:42 am | Reply
  90. William

    "Why is Iran building giant mock-up of U.S. aircraft carrier?'

    Ask them.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:42 am | Reply
  91. Matt in ATL

    Brought to you by the same Iranian who built a fake stealth fighter out of wood and spray painted it, then told the world they had stealth fighter capabilities. Introducing Iran's new super-carrier (made out of Styrofoam)!

    March 22, 2014 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • Adam

      Styrofoam... It's the worlds biggest beer cooler!

      March 22, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Now I get it.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:23 am |
  92. mel

    One guess (and only that) is that Iran will sell the aircraft "carrier" to North Korea, for NK to swat around. For internal propaganda purposes, that could be very valuable.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:39 am | Reply
  93. Earthling

    Sounds like this should be none of the US or the rest of the world's business. Each nation has a right to beef up its defenses.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • Linda Johnson

      This is not for defense purposes, it is a fake ship.

      March 22, 2014 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • sdeisme

      Really? A mock United States aircraft carrier is none of the anybody's business? Your a delusional Iranian.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:03 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        You are right. They are mocking us. How can this happen in a world we control? Before you know it, they will have replicas of our political leaders too. But they won't likely be as useful as the carrier. Shucks.

        March 22, 2014 at 10:11 am |
  94. Please shut up

    Would you all please stop posting your inane ramblings to these silly message boards. You're wasting my bandwidth and nobody needs to read your drivel. Thank you.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:35 am | Reply
    • KBNJ

      LOL, coffee and lots of water. If it's real bad, try to throw up. You'll be sober by Monday.

      March 22, 2014 at 9:39 am | Reply
      • Matt in ATL

        Hair of the dog! He should drink more!

        March 22, 2014 at 9:43 am |
    • Sarah

      But YOU are reading it....

      March 22, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
  95. KBNJ

    The only reason the U.S. would release this story and the images is they think Iran will use this as some sort of propaganda ploy like they've done in the past with fake aircraft. I would take it a step further and 'secretly' sink in the middle of the night. But that's just me. This news story is a great preemptive strike.

    March 22, 2014 at 9:34 am | Reply
    • Billy

      I think this is American media propaganda. This is a hoax pic. Way worse than some of the UFO stuff.

      March 22, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
      • atavisms

        You dont believe in UFO's ? You must not've thought it out very well, or looked at the evidence very closely. Check out UFO'S: SEEING IS BELIEVING. Its an old peter Jennings special you can probably find online. Then tell me the officer's testimony from Ohio isn't highly compelling. You could also check out the Disclosure Project after that. Then look at the size and age of the universe and how prolific life is on earth. Then apply logic.

        March 22, 2014 at 11:07 am |
  96. FAUXHAWK70

    Everyone knows that you can't trust anything that comes out of the middle east!

    March 22, 2014 at 9:34 am | Reply
    • Welch

      \lol...but you can trust Washington?

      March 22, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
      • Anglyn

        You must be new to ask that question.

        March 22, 2014 at 9:54 am |
  97. Captain

    Maybe it's time to show them what the real deal can do? I say "light the fires and burn the tires".

    March 22, 2014 at 9:31 am | Reply
  98. Holly

    Anglyn is a fire-breathing dragon and I love her comments!

    March 22, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply
  99. Peter Shiakallis

    The Iranian's purpose of building the fake carrier is to practice sinking it with their missile system they bragged a while back, so they will KNOW what it would take to sink a REAL US CARRIER whenever they get a chance... It seems real in dimensions and perhaps weight and shhet metal thickness... They have already threatened to sink US warships before so they want to "know" what it would take to sink a mighty US aircraft carrier... Once they do it and they have the results available, watch them attempt to do it next time they are threated with the US Navy...

    March 22, 2014 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • bosco

      Sinking a cardboard replica is a bit different than sinking the real thing. What they will "know" is how to sink a cardboard replica.

      March 22, 2014 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • krivka

      Your explanation is quite humorous. The "mock-up" isn't close to being the weight or displacement of a carrier, to make it so would require them to make an actual carrier. They are not made of "sheet metal". Whatever they do with it, and it probably is a movie set and will be destroyed during filming, It is not threat to the country. Citizens United IS a threat to the country though.

      March 22, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
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