Source: Press TV
Iran has pushed back the frontiers of naval capabilities to
become the decisive maritime force in the region, says a top commander.
The development of the
P224 Paykan, a Sina-class missile boat is widely considered as a
milestone for the Iranian military.
Iranian navy chief Habibollah Sayyari said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic
takes great pride in its recent achievements in naval research and technology.
"Iran is proud to say that it houses the most powerful naval force in the entire
region. The country's naval breakthrough has made unforeseeable progress," said
According to the Iranian commander, Iranian naval forces have taken their
maritime capabilities to the next level in an effort to maintain the sovereignty
and integrity of the country's coastal waters.
"Iran has so far developed a number of 'exclusive' equipment such as high-speed
missile boats, vessels, lightweight aircrafts and stealth micro submarines in a
bid to increase maritime capabilities in deep-sea operations," said the Iranian
Iranian naval forces successfully completed the second stage of the six-day
'Unity 87' naval maneuvers in the Sea of Oman.
Iranian Deputy Naval Chief Qasem Rostamabadi said Wednesday that the naval
drills, -- which include both psychological and tactical operations against
hypothetical enemy units -- provide a glimpse into Iranian advancements.
"In the second stage of 'Unity 87', Iran's domestically-built missile-equipped
battleships, submarines, special-operations teams, helicopters, and fighter jets
successfully dismantled hypothetical enemy units," said Admiral Rostamabadi.
The naval maneuvers come at a time when Israel is increasing military
preparations for a strike on the Iranian nuclear infrastructure.
Tehran has repeatedly warned that if Tel Aviv attacks Iran, a
recently-inaugurated base in the port of Jask, however, would be used to block
the strategic Strait of Hormuz -- through which 40 percent of the world's
sea-transited crude oil passes.
In a Sep. 11 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that
in the two decades since the Iran-Iraq War, the Islamic Republic has excelled
its naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against
larger naval forces.
According to the report, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) 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.
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