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Iran fires missiles at mock-up US aircraft carrier in strategic Strait of Hormuz

US Navy condemns Iran's 'irresponsible, reckless behaviour' in war games staged during heightened tensions.

Iran’s navy fired a missile from a helicopter at a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Sttrait of Hormuz on Tuesday.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami while talking to media said the drills are named Prophet Mohammed 14th.

“What was shown today in these exercises, at the level of aerospace and naval forces, was all offensive,” he added

The drill included so heavy fire that the US military temporarily put two regional bases on alert.

Meanwhile the United States has condemned the Iranian action, labeling it an attempt to intimidate and coerce.

The US navy condemned the “irresponsible and reckless behaviour by Iran”, labelling it an attempt “to intimidate and coerce”.

The exercise comes at a time of increased tension between Tehran and Washington in the Gulf waters.

Ballistic missile fire was detected and led to American troops being put on alert in the UAE and Qatar, the US military said.

“The US Navy conducts defensive exercises with our partners promoting maritime security in support of freedom of navigation; whereas, Iran conducts offensive exercises, attempting to intimidate and coerce,” said Commander Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the US Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet.

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