January 18 According to a report on the website of Fox News Channel on January 16, Fox News Channel learned that Iran launched a long-range missile sunset into the Indian Ocean on the 16th, not far from a merchant ship, 100 miles (1 miles or about 1.6 kilometers) from the aircraft carrier battle group “Nimez”, this is the latest example of the rising tension in the region.
U.S. officials said that at least one of the missiles landed 20 miles away from the merchant ship, but they declined to disclose more details about the merchant ship.
According to the report, Iran often tests missiles. Senior U.S. military officials said that 100 miles are actually far from the aircraft carrier Nimitz. Another source said that these missiles did not cause panic, which is a fairly standard routine exercise.
Another source said that the matter of 20 miles from a merchant ship was more worrying, but the U.S. military did not regard it as a threat.
According to the report, at least two Iranian ballistic missiles exploded when they hit the sea, causing debris to fly in all directions.
One official said, “This missile launch was expected”, but some people expressed concern.
The report said that although 100 miles away, not seen from aircraft carriers or escorts, American spy satellites operating in space tracked missiles launched from Iran.
It is not clear whether the AN/SPY-1 radar equipped with the missile cruiser escorting the aircraft carrier Nimitz tracks the missile launch.
According to Trump’s order, the aircraft carrier Nimitz will stay in the northern Arabian Sea until the inauguration of the new president.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards said that on the morning of the 16th, their long-range ballistic missiles flew more than 1,000 miles and fell into the northern part of the Indian Ocean.
It is reported that the Iranian military has held a series of military exercises in recent days, including the launch of cruise missiles at sea from southeastern Iran.
Earlier this week, during an operation to demonstrate force, a U.S. missile submarine equipped with more than 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles appeared near the sea area of Iranian naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz.
A helicopter in Iran photographed the nuclear submarine Georgia.” The “feather” behind the periscope of the nuclear submarine Georgia is clearly visible on the surface, and the outline of the submarine can also be seen under the surface. The video released by the Iranian media made the submarine look like a man-made great white shark in the clear sea.
According to the report, the Fifth Fleet of the United States Navy released photos of the submarine and two U.S. missile cruisers passing through the Strait of Hormuz near Iran at the end of December last year for the first time in nearly a decade.
A few days before Iran launched the missile on the 16th, it was the first anniversary of Iran’s ballistic missile launch to the U.S. military base in Iraq.
In that attack, no Americans were killed, but more than 100 people suffered brain damage. Five days before the Iranian attack, the U.S. military killed Iran’s most powerful general, Qassem Suleimani, in Baghdad.