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. Marissa

    It's obvious! They're going to use it to attack another country and place the blame on us to try to start a war. Assuming it's not actually being built by the US to attack our own soil and place the blame on Iran to give us an excuse to attack them, for which is what the republicans are secretly hoping.

    March 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Yeah, Right

      That would be a great theory, if this were the 1800's. Satellites, radar, surveillance flights and a host of other ways to observe the movements of the ship won't fool anyone except the Iranian people. Each ship in each fleet has a unique heat, radar, and sonar signature. A mock up of a US carrier wouldn't appear at all as a real one to electronic surveillance, and you can bet, the moment that ship gets underway, if it can actually move on its own power, it will be shadowed by a number of nations.

      March 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  2. Sirlz

    Simple: Bombing practice,

    March 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  3. Whombatt

    This is not a fake aircraft carrier–it is a hanger for their intercontinental missile-carrying blimp.

    March 22, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  4. Welch

    OK CNN (MSNBC, Fox, CBS, etc etc) ...Iran is evil, the USA is good. We get it.

    March 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  5. budwhite451

    They are a country controlled by Islamic religion, basically fanatics. They hate Israel. The only reason they can do this is because they have oil.

    March 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Iran has the second largest Jewish population in the Middle East.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Reply
      • Animal

        In fact their leader was Jewish by birth. Taken to Iran by his parents who converted to Islam and raised as such. Talk about crazy.

        March 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
  6. badcyclist


    It's because of Obamacare.

    March 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  7. saeed

    death to the jewish f i l t h death to there childrens let them burn in a ocean of boiling nuclear flames every jewish child should be beaten to death with an iron bar beat that f i l h t y long live pakistan long live islam only islam.

    March 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • chris

      Wow, I keep hearing that Islam is about peace. brotherhood and love. Perhaps you should go back and read your Koran

      March 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • peaceman99

      Death to Saeed, you lowlife POS.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • karek40

      Another comment by a moderate Muslim.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Mark Twain

      How about coming out of the middle ages? Go to the library and take up some reading.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Reply
    • Welch

      Someone forgot their medication this morning.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Ali Nur

      Saeed, really ??? As a practising Muslim, I'm so ashamed of what you wrote here.
      Your message was written with utter ignorance & narrow scope of rationality.
      It is barbaric, uncultured and tasteless AND against everything I've learnt about my
      religion for the past 40+ years. You don't have an atoms weight of empathy in you.
      It is only the almighty that gives life & causes dealth. When you are generalizing
      a whole community to "...burn in a ..." ... I'm so sorry, I'm trying to paraphrase
      what this "person' wrote & I'm getting sick to my stomach. Included in your ugly
      curse or wishes, are: innocent children, the pregnant mothers, nursing mothers, the
      elderly, the religious ministers who are constantly in the worship of the Almighty,
      the sick, the mentally incapable....the list continues. I can only conclude that
      people like you are the ones who have hijacked my peaceful religion and one day,
      one day, you'll be accountable for your sick wishes. My tenants are the tenants
      that Christianity, Judaism & Islam are based on (the 10 commandments).
      I vowed to save a life rather than take one. So Saeed, go out in the world and save
      a life. I pray that the Almighty would have mercy on your soul, so repent asap bc what
      you are ON currently is not Islam. Go google what Islam stands for. Thanks for your
      hatred, you've damaged our peaceful religion, Islam.
      And next time you try to insult others, go learn the syntex of the language or rather
      utilize the spell checker.

      March 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Luigi

      saeed, have you considered anger management therapy... or I'd be happy get over the fence to where you have how many virgins waiting 4 U?

      March 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      You and your like minded people are the ones to meet the "magic mushrooms".

      March 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  8. TWolf

    Clearly Ahmadinejad's mom wouldn't buy him G.I. Joe's USS Flagg when he was a kid, so he's making up for it as an adult...

    March 22, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  9. Bud

    I hope they waste money building more of those,thats less money for real weapons keep building!

    March 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  10. devilsadvocate01

    The most obvious reason Iranians are building it is for some form of attack training, most likely for some version of asymmetric warfare. A possible alternative reason may be just as a mind fu c k, tomake us worry they have some kind of plan and/or capability.

    March 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • william adamsen

      Iran is preparing for a war to break out between USA and some other country or countries, so that many muslim countries would desire to belong to Iran to go against the Saudi Arabia and its ally muslim countries.Political philosopher Psorrel stated that men desires to be part of winning forces of nature.In this case is the Iranian capability is the winning force which the essentially uneducated muslims can always desire and be allied to.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  11. Diogenese

    It will serve well that they know we are watching them

    March 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  12. Jeebusss

    Iran: the ultimate LARPers.

    March 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Gabe Horn

      Hee hee...

      March 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  13. Smithy Joe Jack

    they ran out of legos

    March 22, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Mary Overton

      Off Topic sorta?...How is it an image like this is available....but a Boeing 777 with 239 people can't be found??...Could you professional journalist address that for "those of us" who do not have the resources or the knowledge you have?

      March 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Reply
      • Bandit

        Because this was probably found by the public first as the first release images were old. If satellite images of the ocean went public hundreds of thousands of people would look instead of a hundred.

        March 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm |
      • Ben

        Because with the ship they know where to look.. at populated areas with known constructions sites or shipyards. Those are things they photograph regularly. With the lost plane, good luck picking the right 300 yard x 300 yard area to photograph out of the 10's of millions of such areas the plane could be in.

        March 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm |
      • bob

        I was thinking the same thing the satellite pic is so clear shows the mock ship and even the mock airplane but a piece floating in the ocean and it is blurry

        March 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm |
  14. JJ

    The answer is simple: because they can.

    March 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • virginia

      They are building a ship for deception cause they are preparing for war...cause it seem to be inevitable now that Russia is taking territory against the Global powers...

      March 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Why can we get a detailed satellite photo of this project, but cannot take such photos over the Indian Ocean where flight 370 supposedly disappeared? Everyone relies on Chinese satellite photos which show no detail.

      March 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Reply
      • Tim

        You really are clueless. Do you not realize the Indian Ocean is over 100x larger than the entire United States? And we wonder why the world hates us.

        March 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm |
    • Jason

      CNN writers better do their job before posting propaganda BS.

      March 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  15. fedupwithla

    They will use it for bombing raids and practice. It's that simple. Or, for their military to gloat at, learn something from, and practice until they are ready to attack our own aircraft carriers. These people are not our friends.

    March 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Shade

      Why should they be friends with you? Nobody else wants to be anymore.

      March 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
      • truth1111

        Yeah... Your thinking is twisted. Put down a country that has sacrificed hundreds of thousands of its own citizens to ensure other countries are not annexed.... The good thing is, the truth is out there now. No longer can sicko's like you hide the truth and fool the gullible...

        March 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm |
  16. Hillary Won't Win

    The "fake aircraft carrier" will obviously used to carry MH370, the missing Boeing 777, to the Mediterranean Sea, there the plane will be loaded with a nuclear bomb and loaded up to fly over Tel Aviv.

    Or so the conspiracy theories go...

    March 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  17. decrister

    Its an Obama era war ship. Its guns do not go "BOOM", "BOOM". They go "bang", "bang".

    March 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • tyrfryer

      You made me lol. Thank you very much.

      March 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Luigi

      decrister = t*rd

      March 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  18. General Hercules

    The problem with CNN is credibility. You guys had pictures of WMD's in Iraq, remember?

    March 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  19. TBrdgs

    ....because they are not smart enough or have the resources to build a real one.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  20. Welch

    Ah.....Americans kept busy with trivial drivel, as China races for the moon. And people wonder why the country is going down the tubes.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • george

      News for you and China. We've been to the moon already. A few decades ago as a matter of fact. We are headed to Mars now. Come on. You can catch up.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Reply
      • Welch

        Kind of missing the point. Thanks for trying.

        March 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm |
      • Welch

        OK CNN - Iran is evil, the USA is good. We get it.

        March 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm |
  21. easson

    In order to practice bombing it.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  22. Tadpole

    Looking through the coments, I was sort of surprised how much everyone cares about a fake aircraft carrier. Seriously.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  23. ralfsmith

    If you think about it, the land ship is the future of modern navies.

    You will never sink that ship.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Reply

    Folks, the mock-up of an American aircraft carrier will be used to train Iranian storm troopers who will board an American craft and fight man-to-man for possession. Look, no country is going to go toe-to-toe to defeat a nuclear aircraft carrier with another ship, but wave after wave of suicide troopers might be able to take over. Once in possession, the Iranians would steal nuclear warheads, then scuttle the ship with explosions. It would be an event that would be talked about by Muslims for thousands of years. The mock-up is the way to train for such an event.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • Hansel and Petal

      Carriers don't travel alone, they travel in carrier groups made up of destroyers, frigates, subs, etc. Any suicide boats that approaches a carrier group could potentially be under sustained targeted fire for days if not weeks.

      March 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Yucca

      Nuclear aircraft carriers have nuclear propulsion. They do *NOT* have nuclear warheads. There aren't any there to be stolen. Besides,even if a few suicide bombers neared the group, plenty of forces would blow them from the water before they reached the carrier. The group travels as a GROUP, not as an individual carrier alone at sea.

      March 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Reply
      • Jay

        I'm sorry to inform you that you are incorrect. I spent two years on the Nimitz herself, and although I cannot elaborate further your statement is inaccurate. As far as actually making it to the physical ship should you make it past the escort ships (which you will not) the carrier has its own self defense force of US Marines for this very purpose and of course......you will not make it. Have a nice day.

        March 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm |
  25. Welch

    I love watching the freak show that is America.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • wcm

      Many peoples say how weird other people are and complain about America and yet still live here, funny Huh?

      March 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • george

      Ahhhh Wales. How I miss the.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  26. germanlion

    maybe we could Israel to bomb it for us?

    March 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  27. Fish

    We did the same in WWII its merely a visual tool used for training purposes I suspect. They will highlight key areas to target for their pilots, gunners, missiles, etc...

    March 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  28. Badly-Bent

    They need it so they can practice taking over the Nimitz as efficiently as possible.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  29. Derek

    Who said it was a U.S. aircraft carrier? If Iran is building it, doesn't that make it an Iranian aircraft carrier?

    March 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • george

      I believe the article referred to it as a mock-up or replica of a US warship. The did not call it a US warship.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  30. Johnny Nightshade

    The US will be at war with Iran within 10 yrs.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • karek40

      Considering world events and the signs occurring in the heavens over the next year and a half I suspect Israel and much sooner than 10 years.

      March 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  31. Jaggersden

    It would be nice if we could juust fly over and drop a bomb right on it, scattering slivers all over.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • rotorhead1871

      maybe it is real..and it will be ready for sea trials-in 2020.....

      March 22, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • Andrew

      I hope they let the glue dry first before they play with it on the water.

      March 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • uncleric

      Better yet, try to land on it!
      ...with the excuse of thinking it was a legit carrier.


      March 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • beach blankets

      Exactly what I was thinking. Send a drone to drop a bomb on it.

      March 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • berniecat@outlook.com

      so fascism versus Muslim ,,, hummm

      March 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  32. Newsflash

    At this very moment Iranian armed forces are studying their satellite photos of the movie set for the next Star Wars and readying themseles for an imminent invasion of Wookies.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Javier

      MYSTERY SOLVED.........This is a mockup for a movie being filmed about the shootdown of Iran Air Airbus in 1988 by USN...The Iraninian version of course.......it wil be ull of omissions uch as WHY did Iranian ai traffic controllers intenionaly sent an airliner into a warzone........at the time Iranian F4s and F14s were pproaching US ships in attack mode....

      March 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  33. ronald

    It's the worlds largest happy meal toy.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  34. puddintane

    ...because they can't build a real one. Hahahahahahah. mock, sneer....

    March 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  35. 1776usa2016

    Ok, Iran, this is just stupid.


    March 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • Brian Berry

      Trojan horse for the nuke they already built.....I belive they have one hidden so why not try to get sanctions lifted.

      March 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  36. steve ramsey

    usa nato must get red of bashar al asad and the iraqi shia , and hizboallah to cut russia and iran influence in the region and to punish russia and iran.

    March 22, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  37. Jyn

    Isn't it better that US uses it's satelites for finding MH370 instead of watching iranian action movies?!

    March 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  38. Rosslaw

    It's a feint. The Iranians are not landing in Calais but Normandy!

    March 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  39. Sarah

    We have to stand up to these Uraniums.... Obama is the worst president ever ....practicing moral equivalency. oh...and it's got to be about jobs.

    I can see the aircraft carrier from my house!

    March 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • joeintucker

      as Mitt would say – lame...

      March 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • apex301

      Obama is a great President. People who check the facts would say he is pretty good but a bit too Conservative.

      March 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  40. Thor

    They want Cher to do a video with Iranian sailors.

    March 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  41. Steve

    Today, President Hollande of France surrendered to Iran after he saw the pictures of the aircraft carrier they are building.

    March 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      It's wood and sheet metal


      March 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  42. C.Dozier

    This is not a mock up of a Nimitz class carrier. The bow is much to narrow and looks like a jump jet carrier with an angle deck. Whose to say that it is not an actual functional large deck carrier. Would hope it's not but it could be.

    March 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Reply
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  45. SGTDunn

    I spent several years with the US Army battling mock Russian forces. It is standard procedure to make training exercises as realistic as possible. This training scenario means we are considered number one on their threat list. Any implication of provocation is the media trying to promote hysteria and paranoia, as usual.

    March 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Yeah ok (rolls eyes) It was used in a movie. How could you train on something that is half the scale of the real deal? Where your "mock Russian forces" 3 feet tall? This is just a silly line of explaining this and using it as some propaganda to justify some action.

      March 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Reply
      • Lt. Calley

        For our army maneuvers, they built a mock Kremlin and filled it with mock corruption for us to practice on. They also had mock vodka, but that was a total disappointment.

        Then we burned down and toasted marshmallows on our bayonets.

        March 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
    • Bob

      I am in favor of our US troops and bases to be pulled out of the Middle East, since they only serve at our tax expense Israel and the multinational oil companies. it is not out of the imagination that Iran may have been secretly working on a version of the Chines D-21 anti Carrier missile and may want to surprise us and the world with such a weapon. If they are capabale to chieve such weapon, the US would pull out and leave Israel to fight its own fights.

      March 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • ggenua

      Too small to be used as a mock up. However, it is not too small to be filmed being blown up and then airing such film to their people, and boasting how great their military power is. It's a propaganda tool.

      March 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      so we blame the MEDIA that the gubbermint told the media about this to mock iran?

      March 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  46. chy

    "WAKE-UP"! People we just assume that this Country is Civilize. They have no Conscienous of Killing, Murdering and using women for Human-Bombs and sending those planes into the Buildings in New York! They are thumbing their Noses right in our Military face, and throwing the simple minded ones off, they are going to continue making Clones to use in the Future against us for a War-Strategy later. This will make our Military think its one of our own Ships? While they fire at us! Who knows they might duplicate everything, if they done the biggest Ship, they can do anything! Dont underestimate them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Welch

      'Ah, you forgot and "e", "n", and another "e" in your name.

      March 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      Idiot! Go take your meds.

      March 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Reply
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    March 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  48. Military Advisor

    Their building this the same way we build replica's and practice strategies and plans on ours. Remember the built compound to replicate Bin Laden's hideout. No different.

    March 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Yeah not quite military advisor. What benefit does building a half scale replica have? That's just a foolish claim.

      March 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Reply
      • Rich

        You keep referring to this half scale scenario. I fail to see where the article states it is half scale. Even if it was half scale it would still serve the purpose of training very well.

        March 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
  49. Bill

    @ScottCa – Evidently it fooled this reporter and CNN. Or did it? They obviously could have vetted this better than me, an amateur. This article never should have seen the light of day, unless it has a purpose.

    March 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  50. ScottCa

    Iranian leaders must be so disappointed that this mock up didn't fool or intimidate anyone.

    March 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  51. Howard

    It will be used as a pretext for war with Iran.

    March 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  52. joeintucker

    ...they had a lot of left over Lego's after building the 'advanced' plane?

    March 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  53. Fredric L. Rice

    Why does the U.S., Russia, Israel, Mexico, and numerous other countries also create mock-ups of U.S. war ships? The U.S. does it, everybody does it. CNN seems to want to pretend that only Iran is doing it.

    March 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  54. reptar310

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

    Maybe CNN could do 5 minutes of Internet research next time...

    March 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  55. eds

    For provocation?

    March 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  56. kevin

    Maybe they watched Field of Dreams. I"If you build it, they will come" LoL!

    March 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  57. Shane Henrik Allen

    I have a feeling this satellite image foiled an Iranian plot to pose as a legitimate aircraft carrier for some stunt.

    March 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  58. skee

    I would be FAR MORE concerned about what the fake carrier is hidding underneah and in the water so no once can see what they are actually building..........remember the infamous "TROJAN HORSE" idea...........

    March 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  59. sperry23

    The carrier is a fake.

    While the cranes, buildings, and the "ship" itself are creating shadows, the "jets" on the flight deck are not. They appear to be just painted on. Also, the superstructure casts no shadows.

    The lower right section of the flight deck is missing and has the jagged appearance of missing plywood sheets. Finally, if it were actually under construction, painting the flight deck is the last thing that's done, not during construction.

    It's probably a plywood mockup to be destroyed while being filmed. Iran is just trying to impress its less-than-evolved neighbors.

    March 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  60. Dan

    Could be that Iran is training a specialist team to take over an American Aircraft Carrier. Using the model to run drills and develop a workable plan.

    March 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • biggerdawg

      Did you think of that all by your selfums?

      March 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • SkullSmasher

      To be effective that means they have to build it all correct including all passageways and ladders inside. I doubt that would be worth the cost.

      March 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  61. Talhouk

    I am sur if these images satellite ils true and no propagand from cnn i said amercain's indusrials help and furnich materials to constructing this aircraft carrer and it is not fake aircraft carrer

    March 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  62. Frank le Tank

    Just the fact that the government think it's fake, it gives Iran the upper hand if it's not...
    Even if it is... nobody knows what's going on inside the shell... it could even be an undercover nuclear facility..
    Underestimating an opponent is the first mistake you can do!

    March 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • radar8

      The US Armed Forces are NOT underestimating this. CNN is.

      You can bet that the US intelligence community has know about this for a long time.

      March 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  63. Mike d

    Didnt iran claim and showed photos of a usa drone knocked down and iran recreating one of ther own from scratch??? So this is probably a propaganda stunt

    March 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  64. yoda

    no bady in iran pay tax just goverment employ
    mok up for iran movie named air bus

    irony its us navy kiil pepole during iran -iraq war

    March 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  65. H mi

    Iran navy commander said iran need uranium with 60 % enrichment for your warships. Now iran build one mokup for 60% uranium .

    March 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  66. Jonjo

    United States sold them the plans long ago for a deal today. This way they do not have to build a nuclear bomb and still be able to defend themselves. Maybe there is some strategic plans with Iran to defend them in international courts so that we get oil discounts. This is usually work of intelligence agencies Economic hit-mans.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  67. Damilolov.

    Who the hell do the Yanks think they are hun? The real fact you possess somethings doesnt stop others from haven it too, so mind the huge problem confronting you on home tuff.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • SkullSmasher

      Be really nice if this had made sense.

      March 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  68. Rembrant

    Iranian taxpayer's money put to good use. Probably just doing it to freak us out. It worked!

    March 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  69. Patience

    But the U.S. has not delivered on its promises! Why more sanctions against Iran?! I'm not sure about the news so I don't comment on that. But plz do not judge Iran, Iranians and Islam WITHOUT knowing objectively about them!

    March 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  70. Someone

    Folks – for everyone wondering why the military hasn't photographed it – they probably have in much greater detail than a commercial photo satellite does. But they don't want to compromise that ability or the orbit of the satellites – so we get a military official who, probably after a few drinks, says the Iranians are building a big old movie prop, and CNN eats it up with a commercial photo. Interesting to be sure – and either for use as a movie prop or as a training device – but not much more.....

    March 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  71. Don McMahan

    "According to one U.S. official, the mock-up is more akin to a Hollywood set than an actual warship." that may be the clue, they are making a film about Iran being attacked by the US

    March 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Someone

      Remember the radio broadcast of WAR OF THE WORLDS?????

      March 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Reply
      • SkullSmasher

        tons of fun, have the recording in my collection

        March 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
  72. goinmad2009

    Imitation ...the cheapest form of flattery.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  73. goinmad2009

    They'll probably say they captured the super carrier....or maybe show a video where they "attacked and destroyed" a US carrier....

    March 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  74. Motley

    The dry dock is at lat 27.05 lon 55.97, surround buildings matches exactly with the recent carrier mock up photo.

    The mock up is not there in the 8/16/2013 satellite picture, just tubular frame with no keel. I doubt if the mock up flight deck is sturdy enough to support a practice landing. Note that flight deck has a missing corner at the lower right of the photo.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      We must question why this "carrier" pic was utilized in this article. It's clearly worthless for "training" purposes as it's 1/2 scale of the real deal. Hitting it with any type of ordinance would not be the same as hitting the real carrier. The results would be as worthless as this mock carrier. This can only be considered a prop – a movie prop, at best.

      March 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Close but actual location of the dry dock is at Lat 27.147, Lon 56.211, look for the details of the exterior sections of the wharf, particularly the 90 degree corner located 65 feet west of the SW corner of the dry dock. Interesting to note that from the Google Earth satellite photo taken on Jan. 21, 2014, there appears that there has been a lot of infrastructure/support equipment installed plus the building of the half scale ship, all in a period of 90 days. Now, possibly the Google Earth image has an error on its noted image date – OR – the originator of the article probably would like to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge as well (at least we know it exists). Also, still haven't figured out why the shadow at the bow of the ship is being cast at exactly 0 degrees from the centerline of the ship while the shadows from three of the four boom cranes are at approx 15-20 degrees to the left (funny that right and center cranes show a common shadow while the on of the left is different and the forth crane with its boom lowered seems to being showing a shadow just as tall as the other three yet its boom is in the lowered position).

      March 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  75. Bill

    @ Truth. Not commenting on your post other than to say that carrier is half the length and half the width of a real carrier based on Google Earth measurements take of that location. So good luck with that.

    It's becoming known that the ship pictured above was a scaled model used for a movie.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  76. henry8

    For tourist attraction.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  77. Ron

    It IS going to be a propaganda move, they will tow it out to sea and shoot a couple missals at it then tell their people that they have the capability to sink a U.S carrier, then they will say they are the most powerful nation in the middle east are the leaders of the middle east, TREMBLE IN YOUR BOOTS AMERICA!!!!

    March 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  78. Douglas

    The problem is with islam itself. The religion says to kill us. It also says to rape and steal. We need to wake up and understand islam. They are not about peace. The koran says to do all these sick things. It also says to lie to us.

    March 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Lucy

      Douglas seriously have ever read Quran?!!! It seems you are talking about this book without even reading a sentence of it! Increase your knowledge before talking!

      March 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  79. longtooth

    It is obviously an ingenious Iranian theme park to rival Disneyland. Iranians will pay many goats and camels to throw shoes at this symbol of the Great Satan.

    March 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  80. danab1234

    Because they can't build a real one.

    March 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  81. Truth

    Iranians are Persians, it appears that some AIPAC folks ( http://www.aipac.org/) underestimated the PERSIANS...
    Persians make their own Tanks, Missiles, Fighter jests, Satellites, Nano technology goods and oh yes.. I forgot, Aircraft carries....
    As a Proud Persian, let me thank the Americans for their sanctions, well folks, lets call spade a spade, without these sanctions we would still fly on carpets and travel with camels. Not any more thanks to sanctions, now we are manufacturing 1.5 million vehicles a year more than UK and these days we travel under the ground (Our Metro), work in sky (our satellites and jets) and roam the seven seas (Our very own AIRCRAFT CARRIER) are you jealous? If you are here is the remedy for it in 3 simple steps.
    Step one- go to your bath tub and fill it with cold water ( make sure it is COLD)
    Step two- take your pants off
    Step three – SIT ON IT

    March 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Malarkey

      کس نگو مومن.

      March 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • Truth

        Try the remedy, it will do you good.....

        March 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm |
    • Orso

      That was very amusing. Now, it is time to wake up, brush your teeth, and go to school where they will teach you that it is okay to rape women, treat them like dogs, insult and threaten anyone that does not align with your beliefs, and ultimately, die like an animal blowing yourself up for a cause that does not exist... only to find out that the 72 virgins your will receive are all male, and they are all in pieces just like you because they also blew themselves up.

      March 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • Ed

      But you guys sure did have a lot of trouble with 300 Spartans once.

      March 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • SkullSmasher

      Trolling, are you paid to do that? If you loggerheads have a carrier, where is it.

      March 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  82. Habib adams

    Well let keep our eyes on them and see their effort

    March 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  83. Bill

    This is a doctored photo. These are the Google Earth coordinates. 27.054893,55.972783 That "carrier is one half scale of a Nimitz class carrier. This is a bogus article. For all we know, that carrier was used for filming a movie. It cannot be used for any useful training.

    March 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  84. tomasseffect

    WHY? Ummm, because it can?

    March 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  85. Adam

    Why is this a news report? It's a mock ship to carry out naval exercises with. Countries do it all the time. Move along people.

    March 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  86. Talhouk

    If this is true commercial satellite has taking sucessfly this picture why miltary satellite cannot do that ? why amercan's official d'nt told about this Iran 's fake aircraft carrier ? Si to explain that in tow possibility thé first us naval army help iranian toi building this aircraft carrier is not fake in exchange Iran take money to amercain's industrial and to doing the policeman at the golf région to help américain about alqaeida and my be to surveille pakistan second possibility with smal probability because américain's official know about this aircraft carrier isfake then Iran Will ne capture américain's airplane by leurring thé pilot

    March 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Someone

      Ummmm, because the US military probably already has a picture of it, and it would do us no good to say we have x-capability to do something as far as surveillance is concerned.....

      March 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  87. Jason

    Its a real aircraft carrier. Basically you place a flat surface on a big ship, and Iran makes large oil tankers, what makes you believe they can't build one of these...

    March 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • TimeParadox

      It's not a real carrier, unless you believe they built those "aircraft" already sitting on it's deck from scratch, right on top of the ship.

      March 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Yeah

      It might be real if Iran intended to equip it with Cessnas.

      March 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • tom

      Aircraft carries are much more that a boat with a flat top – catapult, recovery system, aircraft & munitions elevators, carrier capable aircraft, and the dozen support ships. There is a reason very few countries have them and most only have one far inferior to the US's ten nuclear powered carriers and their task forces. Just ONE US task force is more powerful that nearly all other Navy's.
      NOTE: US also have the the two largest air forces, #1USAF and #2Navy

      March 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  88. shawn

    I think they learned this from Juda-ism and Christia-nity. Thanks to civilized religions

    March 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      @shawn, go read some history books

      March 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  89. MrVanGriffin

    They may be using it for a propaganda video or possibly a training exercise. But even more so, why is this information being made public? Shouldn't stuff like this be kept classified so as not to tip off the Irani govt that we are aware??

    March 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • TimeParadox

      It doesn't seem like the Iranians are attempting to hide this anyways. It's odd to think the Iranians would be caught by surprise by a U.S. Satellite. Unless someone just goofed. That would be a pretty big oversight though.

      March 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  90. taken4granted

    Reverse Engineering? OR a mock to do something evil? OR for recreational purposes? OR Iran has already a technology hijacked from US to make a ship drone?

    March 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  91. JimB

    TRAINING ...... It is for TRAINING for the Iranian Air Force and Navy ......

    March 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • TimeParadox

      It's not very realistic to train against a lone carrier, considering carriers are NEVER alone. If you somehow get up close to a carrier then the rest of the ships/subs encircling it were destroyed somehow.

      March 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • Biazar

      I think your guess is as close as any of us.
      Judging by the way our engineers gain knowledge, and how our army performs its researches. I would say they are trying to reverse engineers the parts they can from US Aircraft carrier and figure out the rest as they go ahead with the construction.
      You guys need to remember that our economy might have gotten great hits with the combined forces of the sanctions and the removal of government subsides but the more we were threatened through out these past few years, the more our army budget has gone up.
      We definitely don't have the insane amount of budget that US has, but on the other hand we are not creating new technologies. So, we have to work out with what we can because our government senses that the threat is real so they act accordingly.
      Even our missile program is such an attempt in my point of view. We haven't had the great advancement in fighter jets to attack targets beyond our borders in case we were attacked. so they have came up with a technology they could have succeed.

      March 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Reply
      • tom

        To reverse engineer something you must have possession of the item. I'm pretty sure we know where our 10 carriers are at. Also, building a carrier isn't as simple as mocking up a plywood model. You'll need aircraft capable of landing on a ship. Also, if you're going to copy something you might want to start with something smaller that the most COMPLICATED military craft EVER. Just the nuclear power plant used to power the US fleet is FAR beyond what any other nation is capable of. Lastly, carriers are not effective without support ships. A LOT of support ships and subs. Carriers are some of the most protected areas on Earth even at war.

        March 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm |
  92. anthro

    May be to anchor at the Hormuz straight . If attached it'll sink and block the straight and the ship channel.

    March 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • Biazar

      The straight of Hormoz is 39km in its narrowest part.
      So i doubt that even a 333m length of a carrier can block it.
      but a good look at Iran's strategic location and tactical advantage of nearby Islands would tell you that Iran does not need to block the straight with obstacles to do that.
      Although i highly doubt that any Iranian official would think to do such a thing unless they are taunting US in press.

      March 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  93. Talhouk

    My be us army help Iran toi building an aircraft carrier or Iran do one fake to capture amercain's airplane by atteristing over this fake aircraft carrier

    March 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  94. John

    Welcome to Islam ..


    (Muslim man cuts open a man's chest and eats his heart.)

    March 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • shawn

      I think they learned this from Juda-ism and Christia-nity. Thanks to civilized religions

      March 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • Suhail

      All prophets (Jesus, Moses, Abraham, and Mohammed) were Muslims and brought the same religion Islam. Islam is an Arabic word which means Peace and Muslim, another Arabic word, which means anyone who submit to God willingly is a Muslim. Folks, did Jesus talk about Christianity or Moses talked about Judaism? Absolutely not. You will not find Christianity word in the Bible anywhere.

      Don't follow Shiat your parents , priests and media is telling is . They all are ignorant... Get educated .. Its i21st centu.

      March 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply
      • Suhail

        Don't be ignorant..Jesus was not the founder of Christianity. Christianity was founded way after Jesus had gone. Similarly, Moses is not the founder of Judaism. Juda is a tribe . Mohammed is not the founder of Islam. Mohammed is the final messenger of Islam and Jesus, Moses , Abraham, Buddah and others are all messengers of Islam.

        March 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm |
      • jamal457

        Do not spread false stories. islam was founded by mohammed, a gay alcoholic pedophile.

        March 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm |
  95. John

    This is Islam ..
    (Muslim man cuts open a man's chest and eats his heart.)

    March 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • shawn

      I think they learned this from Judaism and Christianity. Thanks to organized and civilized religions

      March 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  96. mjr15

    They'll blow it up and tell their backward population that they sunk a US carrier...Then they'll finish up their nuclear bomb and threaten israel with it.

    March 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  97. momie8x

    maybe they intend to use it like a Trojan Horse. to get into a place where they could deliver a dirty bomb?

    March 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  98. Pineal

    Why does this surprise anyone? Doesn't anyone remember the "Stealth" plane they built a year or two ago?

    March 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • momie8x

      Maybe they intend to use like a Trojan horse? to get in close to some place in order to deliver a dirty bomb?

      March 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn

        It cracks me up when people take my wooden horse joke seriously.

        March 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
  99. Who knows?

    I think it's the beginning of the Western Infidel Family Fun Park.

    March 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Skynrd

      Now that's some funny $h!t right there buddy!!!!

      March 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn

        Oh those barbarians are mocking us. We must stop their entertainment. Or, should we stop being easy to mock. I go back and forth.

        March 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
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