The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy says his forces are currently at their highest level of preparedness and have complete control over the Persian Gulf in the air, surface, and subsurface area.
"The movement of the enemy's vessels in the Persian Gulf is under constant surveillance of the IRGC Navy," Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri told reporters in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr on Friday.
He added that the strategic waterway of the Persian Gulf is in full security.
He emphasized that advanced important military equipment is domestically designed and manufactured in Iran, saying, "The Navy and Ground Forces of the IRGC and Army, as well as the [IRGC] Aerospace Division, have made great progress."
Tangsiri said, "With such equipment and capable forces, the preparedness level of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran is increasing day by day."
The Persian Gulf — spanning some 251,000 square kilometers — is bounded by the Arvand River in the north, which forms the frontier between Iran and Iraq, and the Strait of Hormuz in the south, linking the Persian Gulf to the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
The strategic inland sea is an international trade route connecting the Middle East to Africa, India, and China.
A senior IRGC commander said earlier this month that there is no need for extra-regional forces to ensure the security of the Persian Gulf given that Iran and neighboring countries are cooperating to guarantee the security of the strategic waterway.
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