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Iran’s naval sphere of influence now stretches across all international waters, says IRGC chief

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)
Major General Hossein Salami, the chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), speaks at a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on August 5, 2023. (Photo by Tasnim news agency)

The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says any spot in international waters and high seas is now within the naval sphere of influence of the Islamic Republic.

Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks on Saturday as the IRGC Navy took delivery of sophisticated homegrown missile systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and armament featuring state-of-the-art technologies suitable for electronic warfare.

Salami emphasized that both the IRGC Navy and the Iranian Navy have established their presence beyond coastal waters, extending their sphere of influence to encompass every corner of the oceans.

The general further expounded on how the positioning of enemy forces in close proximity to Iran has served as an opportunity that helped the Iranian armed forces broaden their deterrent capabilities, and devise a comprehensive plan to enhance their military prowess and counter adversaries.

Iran’s military might and sphere of influence are now recognized worldwide, Salami said, emphasizing that Iran has turned into a main actor in the geometry of power in West Asia and around the world.

The IRGC chief commander also praised Iranian naval forces for protecting the country’s national interests and maritime borders.

Late last month, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said his forces were committed to achieving an effective and successful presence in the international arena and raising the Iranian flag. 

Admiral Irani made the remarks on July 29, as he arrived at the Pulkovo International Airport in St. Petersburg to attend the parade celebrating the Day of the Russian Navy.

The Navy chief highlighted naval diplomacy as a key mission pursued by navies worldwide, including the Iranian Navy.

He said annual joint exercises conducted with the navies of Russia and China in Chabahar, the Makran coast, and the Indian Ocean were part of their naval diplomacy efforts.

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