Commander Reiterates IRGC’s Readiness to Ensure Persian Gulf Stability
- August, 19, 2013 - 14:14
- Defense news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy is fully prepared to safeguard security and stability in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a senior commander of the IRGC Navy said today.
“The IRGC Navy safeguards the stability and security of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz with dignity and power,” Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Navy General Ali Reza Tangsiri said Monday.
The commander added that "by the grace of God, the blessings of the martyrs’ blood, and the sagacious leadership of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Iran is today at a level of military preparedness that the enemy does not even dare to take a hostile glance at the sacred territory of the Islamic Republic."
Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, too, had said on Saturday that enemies and even world powers are aware of Iran's deterrence power and shy away from military confrontation with the IRGC naval forces in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
“Given the realization of the IRGC Navy’s deterrence strategy, the enemies, even world-class ones, are now really afraid of military confrontation with us in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz...," Ali Fadavi said.
The commander further stressed that the IRGC Navy’s dynamic and effective deterrence in the region "is proportionate to the type and size of possible threats."
"If we follow and stick to this strategy, the enemy will realize that any of its hostile moves will receive a crushing and humiliating response (from Iran)."
Over the past few years, Iran has also held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and test modern military tactics and equipment.
The Islamic Republic maintains that the drills staged by the IRGC or the Army are defensive in nature and meant to convey a message of peace and friendship to regional countries.
Iran is now the main power providing security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, ensuring the safe passage of energy supplies through the strategic region.
The Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway between Iran and Oman, connects the Persian Gulf with the Sea of Oman.
It is the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the high seas and is one of the world's most strategically-important choke points.
Nearly 40 percent of the world's traded crude oil also passes through this waterway.