Why the Iranian Military Attacked a US Aircraft Carrier Replica

PHOTO: In this picture released by the Iranian Tasnim news agency, Feb. 25, 2015, shows a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier exploded by the Revolutionary Guards speedboats during large-scale naval drills near the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Iran. Tasnim News/AP Photo
In this picture released by the Iranian Tasnim news agency, Feb. 25, 2015, shows a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier exploded by the Revolutionary Guard's speedboats during large-scale naval drills near the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Iran.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard conducted large-scale naval drills on Wednesday near the entrance to the Persian Gulf.

A replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier was damaged by speedboats during the drills, which were televised in Iran

Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, the spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet in Bahrain, told the Associated Press that they were monitoring the drills, but downplayed the simulated attack on the carrier, saying the U.S. military was "not concerned about this exercise."

The drills come ahead of a deadline for Iran and world powers to finalize a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which has long been a point of contention.

PHOTO: In this picture released by the Iranian Fars news agency, on Feb. 25, 2015, Revolutionary Guard speedboats assault a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier during large-scale naval drills near the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Iran. Hamed Jafarnejad/Fars News Agency/AP Photo
In this picture released by the Iranian Fars news agency, on Feb. 25, 2015, Revolutionary Guard speedboats assault a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier during large-scale naval drills near the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Iran.