This could be labeled, “How to destroy your own sea traffic without even trying.”
The Iranian government built a floating replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier to use for target practice. The hulking, floating barge was towed near the Strait of Hormuz, which is a shipping lane for 20% of the world’s oil output. The Iranian Navy used non-lethal rounds so that the massive structure could be used again and again, making it as much target practice as PR.
But then something unexpected happened. It sank, on its own, near the entrance to the harbor of Bandar Abbas. The structure listed and eventually ended up on its side in shallow enough water that it presents a danger to other vessels.
Naval expert HI Sutton said:
“It is meant to be reusable and has been symbolically ‘destroyed’ twice already. But now it really has sunk. And in very much the wrong place. It is just outside the harbour entrance to Bandar Abbas, near to the main approach channel. It is so shallow that other ships face a very real risk of catastrophic damage if they sail over it. In fact, at least as of a couple of days ago, it was partly above water. This is a serious shipping hazard.”
Sutton went on to note that Iran doesn’t have the capability to raise the ship.
It couldn’t happen to a nicer government.