Commander: IRGC Navy Ready to Confront All Subsurface Threats, Giant Warships
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi underlined the IRGC’s preparedness and power to repel all types of threats posed by submarines and giant warships.
“Based on security and defensive strategies, we have the necessary capabilities to repel different threats in marine and geopolitical fields in the Persian Gulf and the surrounding areas,” Fadavi said, addressing the Iranian people in the Southern city of Abadan on Monday.
“We have exercised defensive measures against possible large-scale threats that could be posed by warships and giant cruisers at different levels of coast-to-sea, sea-to-coast, air-to-sea, ground-to-air and subsurface confrontation,” he added.
Fadavi said that the Payambar-e Azam (The Great Prophet) 9 drills staged in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz late February was the latest wargames in which the IRGC forces tested their combat and defensive capabilities.
The IRGC Navy ended the massive Payambar-e Azam 9 wargames late February.
Fadavi told reporters in the Southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas then that the IRGC’s massive wargames ended after three days in Southern Iran after testing a strategic weapon.
“This new weapon plays a determining role in increasing Iran’s naval power to confront the threats, specially by the US, against the Islamic Revolution,” he said.
Different IRGC Navy vessels were used in the exercises.
On the first day of the drills, a mock aircraft carrier was destroyed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps missiles.
The model was built in real size and came under attack and was destroyed by missiles and rockets fired from tens of IRGC speedboats.
Also a number of the IRGC cruise and two ballistic missiles were fired at the mock US aircraft carrier.
Also during the wargames, a mobile naval target was destroyed by Fateh 110 and Zelzal missiles on a deserted island 270km away from the wargames zone.
During the first moments of the second stage of the drills, enemy drones were also hit and destroyed by Misaq shoulder-launched missiles and artilleries mounted on 100 IRGC’s speedboats.
Also, tens of IRGC vessels conducted high-speed mine-laying operations in a short period of time to get ready for critical situations in times of possible threats.
Fadavi described Iran’s “mine-laying” capability as “the most important concern of the Americans”, and said, “We have the most advanced sea mines which cannot be imagined by the Americans.”
In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.
Iranian officials have always stressed that the country’s military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.