(Stars & Stripes) Iran is building a replica of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier at a shipyard on the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. 5th Fleet officials said.
The mock-up of the aircraft carrier was first noticed last summer, 5th Fleet officials said, but it wasn't until February that they saw the number 68 painted on it — the same number of the USS Nimitz, which was deployed in the region last summer.
"It's interesting to us that they would be building something like this ... this is a head-scratcher more than anything," said Cmdr Jason Salata, Navy 5th Fleet spokesman. He said the Navy is not particularly concerned about it.
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