IRGC Navy Commander: US Warships Complying with Iran’s Orders in Persian Gulf
“We observe confrontations and, as a matter of fact, debates between Iran and the foreign vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on a daily basis and they always comply,” Fadavi told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
Noting that the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and Iran’s territorial waters are at present the most secure geographical waters in the world, he said, “At present different types of foreign military vessels and 40 US warships and logistic ships are present in these regions but certainly, security is established there due to the measures adopted by our forces.”
His comments came after a senior Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander announced on Monday that the IRGC Navy drones and boats are constantly recording movements of the US warships deployed in the Persian Gulf.
“The presence of the US aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf is meant to intimidate such fake regimes as the al-Saud since our forces don’t feel any fear at all and are constantly taking footage of the warships when they are on their 15-meter boats and by means of drones,” Commander of IRGC Navy’s Salman 26 Missile Brigade General Abdolreza Vajdian said.
He said that different massive drills that the Iranian Armed Forces stage are monitored by the Americans and they are aware of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power.
Vajdian referred to the recent Payambar-e Azam (The Great Prophet) 9 wargames, and said the exercises, during which a mock aircraft carrier was destroyed by the IRGC missiles, displayed Iran’s power in the Persian Gulf to the enemies.
The IRGC Navy ended the massive Payambar-e Azam wargames in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz late February.
Speaking to reporters in the Southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said 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.