On Monday, Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)’s Navy, claimed the Islamic Republic is in “full control” of the Persian Gulf, in a statement that came amid increasing tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Two advanced domestically-made warships have entered service with the Iranian Navy’s southern fleet in the Gulf of Oman, near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, the country’s Mehr news agency reports.
One vessel is the missile-launching high-speed corvette Zereh, equipped with sophisticated weaponry “to enhance the Navy’s combat capabilities” in the Islamic Republic’s southern waters, according to Mehr.
Another is the 231-meter-long helicopter carrier Makran, which is capable of carrying up to seven copters and a number of unmanned aerial vehicles on board.
This is the latest in a series of deployments of Iranian-made military hardware, including warships, drones, and missiles against the backdrop of increasing tensions between Tehran and Washington.
The deployment of the two warships comes after Iranian naval chief, Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, on Monday declared that the Islamic Republic “has full control” of the Persian Gulf and that it “dominates the entire waters”.
The remarks followed Tehran last week revealing the existence of a new top-secret underground missile base belonging to the IRGC Navy, which IRGC Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami said was “one of several bases housing the Guards’…