0603 GMT January 16, 2022
“Using modern electronic warfare systems, the IRGC Navy has been able to gain complete control over the geography of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the honors of our Navy today,” Major General Hossein Salami said on Friday.
He made the remarks during a visit to the IRGC’s naval units on the Persian Gulf islands and the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Press TV reported.
Gen. Salami said the IRGC Navy has managed to achieve remarkable progress, particularly in producing state-of-the-art vessels, long-range drones and sea-based guided missiles, in the last three years.
“Our enemies must come to terms with the reality of the offensive and defensive power of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IRGC,” he said.
Iranian armed forces have frequently warned hostile countries, in particular extra-regional forces, against any threatening the Islamic Republic and its interests.
Tehran insists that the security of the region cannot be provided by Western powers, calling on the regional countries to join hands to expel foreign forces and establish collective security through intra-regional cooperation.
The commander of the IRGC Navy said in August that Iran fully monitors the movements of every vessel that enters or exits the strategic Strait of Hormuz, warning the enemies against the slightest act of violation.
“The Persian Gulf is our home and not a place for foreigners,” Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said.
In his Friday remarks, Gen. Salami asserted that there is no single action that would be tolerated under Iran’s defense policies and strategies.
He emphasized that all the hardware employed by the IRGC Navy are fully produced domestically, including missiles, defense systems, electronic warfare systems, drones and subsurface missiles.
According to Gen. Salami, different units of the IRGC Navy are at their maximum readiness and are able to respond quickly and decisively to any threat.
Salami’s remarks came a week after the IRGC published a video of an encounter between its speedboats and two US vessels in the Persian Gulf. During the video, the speedboats are seen chasing the American vessels until they leave the area.