Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Iran Navy to Launch Submarines in Persian Gulf

IRGC Navy to launch submarines in Persian Gulf

Tue Dec 4, 2012 1:52PM GMT

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy is launching its submarines in the Persian Gulf to defend Iran’s southern territorial waters, the IRGC Navy’s second-in-command says.

“In the near future, submarines will be added to defense capabilities of the IRGC Navy,” Rear-Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said on Tuesday.

The admiral added that Iran’s military capabilities have progressed remarkably since the Iraqi imposed war (1980-1988) during which the United States directly entered into conflict with the Islamic Republic.

“During those days, we shattered the image of foreign invaders in the Persian Gulf with minimum warfare, and today our capabilities and capacities are by no means comparable with those days,” Tangsiri said, adding, “Thanks to God, by acquiring the most effective conventional defense tools, we are now in a safe spot. Relying on these capabilities, we are ready to secure the Persian Gulf for the countries in the region in the best manner.”

Enumerating the IRGC Navy’s achievements, the senior military official referred to intelligent missiles, flexible and fast vessels, hovercraft, creative commandos and multipurpose drones.

The admiral also warned against US adventurism in the Persian Gulf, saying, “The US strategy in the region is [to promote] Iranophobia, and in parallel with this strategy, it seeks to stoke sectarian strife, trigger ethnic seditions and stir geographical and border disputes.”

Earlier in the day, IRGC Navy announced that it had captured a US ScanEagle drone over the Persian Gulf waters upon its intrusion into the Iranian airspace.

IRGC Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi added that the Iranian armed forces enjoy full intelligence command over foreign movements in the Persian Gulf region.

The ScanEagle drone, which has a 10ft (3m) wingspan, is a long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.

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