Two US Military Bases Have Issued An Alert Over Iran's Missile Launches
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran launched mine-based ballistic missiles on Wednesday as part of the Great Prophet 14 exercise, Tasnim News Agency reports.
It is noted that the launch of missiles "hidden deep underground in a camouflaged form" was successful. Besides, the IRGC also used other ballistic missiles, land-to-land, land-to-sea, and sea-to-sea missiles, during exercises held in the province of Hormozgan and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
A range of drones and air defense systems were also involved. In particular, during the exercise, IRGC drones "struck at the layout of an enemy aircraft carrier."
Tasnim adds that in the final phase of the maneuvers, joint operations were conducted involving ships, drones, and missiles belonging to both the IRGC Navy and the IRGC aerospace forces.
In turn, the Associated Press (AP) reports that during the maneuvers, the IRGC forces fired at a previously built model of the American aircraft carrier of the Nimitz type, which, according to AP, the Iranians towed to the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend.
According to AP, the launches of ballistic missiles by Iran forced the US military to take security measures at the al-Dafra airbase in the UAE and the al-Udeid airbase in Qatar. In particular, military personnel was sent to shelters.
"The incident lasted for some minutes, and then it was announced that everything was fine," said Beth Riordan, a spokeswoman for the US Central command. AP notes that both bases are located hundreds of kilometers from where the Iranians placed a mock-up of the American aircraft carrier.
According to the Agency, at the end of last week, the US aircraft carrier Nimitz entered middle Eastern waters from the Indian ocean: it should replace the aircraft carrier Dwight Eisenhower, which is located in the Arabian Sea, and at the beginning of last week passed through the Strait of Hormuz. But it is unclear whether the aircraft carrier Nimitz will also pass through the Strait.
The IRGC began exercises in the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on the eve of July 28. At the time, it was also reported that an Iranian helicopter fired a missile based on the model of an American aircraft carrier.