Construction on the crude model, described by U.S. officials as a glorified barge, appears to be in full swing at a ship yard near Bandar Abbas, as shown in newly released commercial satellite images.
Iran is in the process of building a mock-up of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier with the possible goal of blowing it up as a publicity stunt.
Construction on the crude model appears to be in full swing at a shipyard near Bandar Abbas, as shown in newly released commercial satellite images.
'They got this barge and threw some wood on top of it to make it look like the USS Nimitz. That's all we know for sure,' a U.S. defense official told AFP.
Officials in the Obama administration believe that the faux carrier might be used for propaganda value, but they are not sure at this time what Teheran is hoping to accomplish with this project.
The wooden, non-operational aircraft carrier made to look like a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered American vessel was first spotted on the Persian Gulf last summer, the New York Times reported.
Besides having the shape of the 1,100-foot-long carriers, such as USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Carl Vinson, the shipbuilders also replicated the distinctive white markings on the bow.
A satellite flying over Gachin shipyard also photographed a fake plane parked on the deck of the equally fake carrier.
But officials are not overly concerned with the boxy, too-short replica, saying that unlike the real thing, Iran's glorified barge is not operational or propelled by nuclear power.