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Gen. Salami hails IRGC Navy’s ‘quick reaction’ capability in face of enemy

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Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the Guards’ naval forces have reached the “quick reaction” capability in the face of any threat, stressing that the enemies have to come to terms with the reality of Iran’s offensive and defensive power.

“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.

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 against any threatening the Islamic Republic and its interests, in particular extra-regional forces.

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.

“We are ready for each and every scenario, and today, some of such readiness can be seen on the shores of the blue Gulf of forever Persian,” the IRGC commander stated.

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.

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