The naval commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards says that his goal is to destroy the U.S. Navy and that Iran has the ability to sink an American aircraft carrier in “50 seconds.”

“The Americans and the entire world know that one of the operational objectives of the Revolutionary Guard’s naval force is the destruction of the U.S. Navy,” Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told the semi-official Fars News Agency Tuesday.

An Iranian warship takes part in a naval show in 2006. (Photo: AP)

An Iranian warship takes part in a naval show in 2006. (Photo: AP)

The admiral also boasted of possessing an advanced torpedo that can move at “unbelievable velocity” in the words of Fars News.

Fadavi said that the Iranian Navy has been training how to destroy U.S. vessels for several years using replicas, saying that his forces have an understanding of the “design, construction and structure of the U.S. warships.”

“They [Americans] know nothing. We have been making and sinking replicas of U.S. destroyers, frigates and warships for long years, and we have sunk the replica of their vessels in 50 seconds through a series of operational measures,” Fadavi said. “We practice the same drills on replica aircraft carriers because sinking and destroying U.S. warships has, is and will be on our agenda.”

Because U.S. air power depends on the use of aircraft carriers for takeoff and landing, the vessels are thus particularly vulnerable and a high value target, the admiral said.

“They [U.S.] have acknowledged that the size of their large naval vessels means they could be easily targeted by the Revolutionary Guard’ naval force,” he said.

Fadavi said that Iran’s Hout torpedo which was designed by Russia can travel at a speed of about 220 miles per hour under water, which he alleged exceeds the speed of torpedoes in NATO’s arsenal.

Earlier this year, Iran had threatened to send warships to the Atlantic Ocean close to U.S. maritime borders, but later said it was temporarily delaying those plans.