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12:37 PM, Mar 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Iran appears to be constructing a mock-up of the U.S.S. Nimtiz.  The ship is not operational.  Only 2/3s scale.  And not militarily capable of much of anything. 

As Eric Schmitt of the New York Times reports,  The U.S. Navy and:

... American intelligence analysts surmise that the vessel, which Fifth Fleet wags have nicknamed the Target Barge, is something that Iran could tow to sea, anchor and blow up — while filming the whole thing to make a propaganda point, if, say, the talks with the Western powers over Iran’s nuclear program go south.

Fake ships as part of a strategy for building real nukes, then.  

Makes perfect sense.

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