IRGC sets up body for smart combat vessels

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy announced that it has established an organization for its smart Combat Vessels to confront enemies in any possible aggression against Iran’s territorial waters.

“The US and its allies’ enmity towards the Islamic Revolution is not hypothetical, rather it’s a concrete hostility and its physical instance will be in the sea as they (the US) are a sea-based military force and the Persian Gulf is the only part of the world about which the Americans use the phrase, ‘vital interests of the defense security’, a phrase that they only use for their homeland,” Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said in Sharif University of Technology in Tehran on Tuesday.

“Therefore and given the necessity for confronting them, we have started building smart vessels since several years ago and set up the Organization of Smart Combat Vessels,” he added.

Fadavi said since US military threats are posed from the sea, Iran’s achievements in building smart vessels can prove as an effective achievement nationally and trans-nationally.

In relevant remarks early December, Fadavi underlined that the IRGC Navy has developed its tactics and strategies to become fully prepared for difficult missions.

“Today, in light of the developments in the IRGC Navy’s tactics and strategies, we have reached a considerable level of preparedness, more than any other time, to fulfill hard missions,” Fadavi said.

He said that such a development and wisdom has foiled enemies’ plots to make aggression against the country in recent years.

Fadavi underlined that the IRGC Navy’s brave and powerful presence in Iran’s territorial waters has intimidated the enemies so much that they don’t even think of any adventure, confrontation and aggression against the country.

The IRGC is responsible for the security of the Persian Gulf. In 2008, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, former commander of the IRGC and the current military advisor to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, declared that the responsibility for defending the Persian Gulf had been handed over to the IRGC.

He warned that the IRGC would seal the strategic Strait of Hormuz in case the US launches any attack on Iran’s nuclear installations.

Iran’s naval power has even been acknowledged by foes. In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the IRGC has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, the IRGC Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world’s oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran’s response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.

By Fars News Agency


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