Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri highlighted the IRGC’s confrontations with US forces in the Persian Gulf, saying it has humiliated the Americans time and again.
“We have repeatedly humiliated the US in direct battle in the Persian Gulf and (our) fighters have slapped the arrogance in the face at least nine times,” the senior commander said in a speech in the southern port city of Bushehr Tuesday night.
He also said that on servicemen of the IRCG Navy have been martyred in confrontations with the US over the past years while more than 50 American forces have been killed in the clashes.
Rear Admiral Tangsiri further underscored the IRGC Navy’s mighty presence in the Persian Gulf to defend the Islamic Republic of Iran’s territorial waters.
In May 2020, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the Persian Gulf belongs to the nations living there, and those are the ones responsible for ensuring its security.
“The Persian Gulf belongs to the nations living there. Its security is the duty of these nations, & Iran with its long coastlines has a key role in keeping the security of this region. By God’s grace we will do our part. This is our historical, geographical & regional duty,” the Leader said at the time.
Imam Khamenei also said that a “wise and rational collective policy” in favor of the people of the region cannot be achieved while foreign forces are present in the Persian Gulf.