This article was written by Alex Hollings and originally published on Sandboxx.

Late last month, Iran once again put on a show using its fake U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier as a target for military drills and helicopter-fired missiles. The demonstration was intended to show to America that Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard is prepared to take on the mighty U.S. Navy in the strategically valuable Strait of Hormuz. Instead, however, it appears that Iran’s plans may have backfired, with the fake aircraft carrier now sunk at the mouth of an economically important harbor. This adds a dangerous hazard right in the middle of a shipping lane.

The United States has been at odds with Iran since the nation’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, when the ruling dynasty, which was supported by the United States, was deposed by the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic. Today, Iran and the United States remain locked in an ideological battle of wills, with Iran directly funding terror organizations the world over through its Quds Force and the United States working to support its allies and interests in the Middle East.

Construction of the mock Nimitz-class aircraft carrier started in 2013 and was completed in 2014. At the time, the large vessel was described as a movie prop. In February of 2015, however, the vessel, which isn’t as large as a real Nimitz-class carrier but was clearly modeled to resemble one, was used as a target in a series of war games Iran called “Great Prophet IX.”

The barge-in-aircraft-carrier-clothing was then repaired once again in 2019 and just a few weeks ago, the newly refurbished vessel was towed out into the Strait of Hormuz for another bout of target practice. The Strait of Hormuz is the only route between the Persian Gulf and the open ocean, making it an extremely important waterway in the global oil supply chain. Experts estimate that something in the neighborhood of 20 percent of all the world’s oil passes over the Strait of Hormuz.