Iran Navy Chief: We Can Sink US Aircraft Carrier in Less Than a Minute


He’s basing this on Iran’s ability to sink replicas of US aircraft carriers that they built. It’s a step up from sinking bath toys. But let’s not ruin his fun.

The upshot is that Iran is aggressively rattling sabers while Obama insists on chanting “Peace in our time.” There’s a message here. Iran is confident and it knows that it just needs to keep the US at bay for a little more while it goes nuclear.

The naval commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, said Monday that the destruction of the US Navy is a major operational goal of his forces, an Iranian news agency reported. In an unusually aggressive interview, he was said to have declared that Iran’s navy had been conducting drills on how to sink US vessels in any potential combat, that Iran “naturally” wants to sink these vessels, and that it could sink a US aircraft carrier in less than a minute.

“Conducting trainings, exercises and drills to get prepared for operational goals is always on our agenda and Americans and all the world know that one of the operational goals of the IRGC Navy is destruction of the US naval force,” Fadavi said in what the semi-official Fars News Agency called an exclusive interview.

US warships are a very easy target for the IRGC naval force, given that “we have very precise analyses of the design, construction and structures of these warships and we know how to act.”

Fadavi said his forces had been conducting routine drills on how to sink US vessels, notably in the Persian Gulf.

He confirmed that Iran had produced “replicas of the US aircraft carriers” for IRGC Navy drills, and said American reports on these replicas had dealt with the issue “very simple-mindedly.”

Said Fadavi: “They (Americans) know nothing. We have been making and sinking replicas of US destroyers, frigates and warships for long years, and we have sunk the replica of their vessels in 50 seconds through a series of operational measures,” added Fadavi.

“We practice the same drills on replica aircraft carriers because sinking and destroying US warships has, is and will be on our agenda,” he stressed.

Stunningly impressive. Here’s how Iranian naval vessels performed against the real thing.

The United States Navy clashed with Iranian forces across the southern half of the Persian Gulf today, crippling or sinking six armed Iranian vessels. One American attack helicopter was reported missing.

Military officials said they were startled at the vigorous opposition that the Navy met from Iranian forces, which repeatedly moved ships and aircraft against American forces despite being heavily outgunned.

In today’s clashes, United States ships sank an Iranian missile patrol boat that approached and fired on them. Later, jets from the aircraft carrier Enterprise sank or badly damaged three large armed speedboats that were shelling oil facilities or merchant ships. And in two other incidents, the Navy’s ships and planes severely damaged two Iranian frigates that fired on American ships and aircraft.

Their commanders may be buffoons, but it would be dangerous to take Iranian forces too lightly. They’re not as fanatical as they used to be, but they’re still capable of being dangerous if they have the right equipment.

The threat is enhanced by the fact that Iran essentially has two navies. The standard surface fleet doesn’t pose much of a threat to U.S. military ships, and would very likely be destroyed in the early days of any conflict: “Its capabilities are not that sophisticated,” Connell says. But Iran also has naval forces operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which has been expanding its role in recent years and investing in technologies like the speedboats that could be used for suicide attacks.

In addition, Iran has been bulking up on anti-ship missiles. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the IRGC operates patrol boats with C-802 guided anti-ship missiles. It also has H-2 Seersucker land-based anti-ship missiles. Those missiles may not be better than what the United States has, but it may not matter—the Iranians have geography on their side. The Strait of Hormuz is shallow and narrow, which renders some measures of traditional military power moot.

That’s ultimately what makes the potential for a conflict in the Strait of Hormuz so unsettling: The U.S. military’s ability to undermine an Iranian blockade rests on its ability to deploy overwhelming force, but that same force makes it vulnerable to Iran’s asymmetric attacks.

And the Russians will no doubt use Iran to test out their newest systems, as they did in Iraq.

  • Gee

    Iranians are so delusional. They think that if they can sink a barge with a superstructure that resembles an aircraft carrier is the same as sinking the most powerful, most defended, and the most damage resistant ship ever built – they are really stupid.
    One carrier task force has more firepower than all of Iran. One carrier is the best built vessels ever, they have thousands of water tight compartments. They are manned by thousands of the best trained and prepared seamen in the world. My admiration for the US military is great.
    Iran could not beat Iraq in ten years, the US did it in 100 hours. Iran really has no clue to what they are threatening, and are stupid enough to try and find out

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Yes, they’re delusional. But it doesn’t matter. It’s about testing reactions to belligerent rhetoric. When they have nuclear weapons, their delusional incompetence will matter a lot less. They’ll need to be bribed or utterly destroyed.

      And we can see that 0’Bama is not reacting. He’s letting it happen. It is becoming clearer on an almost daily basis that all of our predictions have been spot on.

  • CaoMoo

    Well if they tried it even Obama would have to do something

    • Otis

      Bluster and talk is about all he will do. He is not a warrior.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        He is not an American.

    • Douglas J. Bender

      I expect he would be quick to tweet a surrender.

    • truebearing

      Bend over?

      • CaoMoo

        I dont know he might but do that but it wouldn’t end there. sinking a ship is an open declaration of war. If he didnt do something he might find himself in deeper crap than he can tread.

        love how all this is after giving Iran loads of cash back.

        • William Henry Bowen

          An interesting question to ponder – does the President have to request a Declaration of War OR can the Congress pass one without the President’s request? If OBastard where to fail to act in such a situation, I’m confident that, shall we call them, “appropriate measures”, would be taken against him.

  • tagalog

    A few drones sent to the Presidential Palace in Teheran.

    When the people demonstrate, a few cluster bombs.

    Why the heck are we pussy-footing around people who don’t obey the international law of war? I know we abandoned the use of napalm, but surely we have stockpiles somewhere.

    A few thermobaric bombs. Find a terrorist training site and drop a MOAB on it.

    We can blow them to hell. Force is what they respect. Let’s start working on generating a little respect.

    They can sink one of our carriers in a short time? I hope they never try that. But if they do, we can blow their leadership to smithereens in a half-hour.

  • truebearing

    Obama can defeat the US Navy in one second, so he gets the award for Muslim Conqueror of the Year. The bad news is that he’s already started with the incremental approach.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    With any other CIC I would be confident that the US Navy would destroy ALL of Iran in a matter of hours, if it came to war. The Manchurian POTUS does not have our best interest at heart, so any attack by Iran will probably get a slap on the wrist. Evidently the Iranians are counting on Obama and his minions to do their part in dismantling American power in the persian gulf.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “…investing in technologies like the speedboats that could be used for suicide attacks.”

    How creative.

  • tagalog

    I don’t know why the U.S. tiptoes around people like this. The only thing they respect is force. We have LOTS of force we could exert, in fact we could destroy the leadership of Iran in about a half an hour, and turn Iran itself into a wasteland without the slightest threat of the ultimate option, so why don’t we start trying to generate some respect with such instrumentalities as:
    1. napalm
    2. thermobaric bombs
    3. cluster bombs
    4. drone attacks
    5. non-nuclear MIRVs
    6. MOABs
    I mean, it’s not as if they adhere to the Geneva Convention or other international laws of war. They’re outlaws, they admit it, in fact they revel in it. They think the rest of the world will continue to stand back and allow them to go forward forever.