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340 combat speedboats join IRGC Navy fleet on Islamic Revolution anniversary

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This photo by Fars news agency shows combat speedboats joining IRGC Navy’s fleet on February 8, 2021.

Iran’s military has supplied the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy with 340 combat speedboats on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

The speedboats joined the IRGC Navy’s fleet in Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas during a ceremony on Monday, attended by Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, IRGC Commander Hossein Salami and IRGC Navy Commander Alireza Tangsiri.

The speedboats, co-produced by the IRGC Navy and the Defense Ministry, are capable of carrying various types of rockets to attack enemy targets. They will be used in missions in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, as well as in the Caspian Sea.

Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Baqeri lauded the IRGC Navy, saying the force has successfully performed the task of establishing security in the region, especially in the Strait of Hormuz, through which more than two-thirds of the world’s fossil fuel passes.

“The Persian Gulf is of significant importance, and remarkable efforts should be made for its security,” he said. “The IRGC Navy has been able to maintain such security.”

He described the speedboats as agile, maneuverable and equipped with radar-evading stealth technology.

The commander underlined Iran’s success in boosting its naval power in spite of sanctions imposed by the United States.

Enabling Zionists 'sign of enmity' toward Muslims

Major General Salami also spoke at the event. He said the IRGC Navy has been boosting its power day by day, so as to be able to counter enemy threats.

He pointed to the sanctions, noting that the Iranian nation will not exchange its independence for sanctions removal. “We have bypassed the consequences of [the sanctions],” he maintained.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Salami warned certain Arab countries of the region not to indulge in friendly relations with the Zionists “because there will be nothing but fire in every territory the Zionists enter.”

“Enabling them is nothing but a sign of enmity toward Muslims and you should not go to extremes in your friendship with the Zionists,” he said.

“This is an ill-fated marriage that will put both of you on the edge of fire. Muslim people do not accept such behavior from their rulers,” added the general, referring to the recent normalization of ties between Israel and some Arab states, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.

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