U.S. Fifth Fleet vs Iran Navy update: American supercarrier monitored with…binoculars.

Here’s an update to my previous post titled “U.S. supercarrier detected by an Iranian spyplane near the Strait of Hormuz”. Trivial as that could be the last thing that plane will ever detect.

Russia Today has published the alleged video taken by an Iranian maritime surveillance plane of a U.S. supercarrier near the Strait of Hormuz.

Although it is extremely difficult to determine when the video was filmed, it shows the USS Stennis: if you see the video in full screen HD mode you’ll get a glimpse on the “74” code on the flattop’s island that designates the USS Jonh C. Stennis (CVN-74).

As shown by the video, the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Aviation (IRINA) plane gets near the aircraft carrier (whose deck is not as busy as I’d expect…) and one of the most advanced tool used by the crew members of the Fokker F-27 used for maritime patrol to monitor the ship is….a binocular.

Furthermore, the IRNA news agency has published an interesting picture of the “Saeghe” (Thunder) an indigenously modified version of the American F-5 Tiger, whose twin tails and blue colour are loosely reminiscent of the Blue Angels’ F-18s Hornet, carrying two MK-82 Snakeye (?) dumb bombs.

According to the IRNA: “The combat jets bombed the sea areas after processing the data delivered by stealth reconnaissance aircraft.”

Which one?

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  1. The picture of the two blue/yellow jets has been severely manipulated, in a very poor way. Granularity changes over the image, indicating poor image modifications. There is only one such plane, the other is a CC. I hope that this is indicative of the Iranian’s other “superior” cyber skills…. ;)))

    • Please find attached the image which results when the two planes are subtracted from each other. I doubt that any pilot can fly this accurate;))

      Moderator: how do I submit images?

      • A way to post images here is to upload your image to an image server (could be twitpic) and then post the link here.

        …and I’m curious!

      • Two ways: you send it to me via email and I upload it or you upload it to photobucket, twitpic and similar picture hosting website and post here the link.
        Let me know

        • Dear David,
          working on resolving this. Images will be available as soon as I have acces to an image server. Lots of info to show then!


  2. This is so junk image manipulation. My kid of 3 could have done a better job. There is only one such plane/pilot. This is 80ths years garbage/junk.


    Iranians, we are not that dumb!

  3. The Iranians are doing a Great Prophet again. They never seem to learn. How stupid can one be?

  4. IRNA Stealth Reconnaissance is when they turn the engine off that is closest to their target……

  5. “This is so junk image manipulation”

    Why would they need to manipulate the image. Its not like they are in a very tight formation or anything, there’s at least a few meters between them.

    The Blue Angels frequently come with a foot or two of each other in their displays.

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