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News number: 8901211450

17:07 | 2010-04-10

Defence

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Commander Stresses Enemies' Weakness against Iran's Navy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Enemies of Iran are well aware of our country's naval power and they do not dare to attack our country, Iranian Army's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari reiterated on Saturday.



"Today the world arrogance is observing the might of the (Iranian) Navy and has no word to say vis-à-vis this might and power," Sayyari said, adding, "The Army's Navy is fully ready to use all its potentials to defend the water borders, water resources and interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

He also underlined the necessity and importance of the preparedness of the Army's Navy for standing against any enemy aggression.

Iran started boosting its military, specially naval, power after it witnessed that decades-long sanctions and threats by the US-led West continued and even intensified in recent years.

The country then pushed an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency.

Iran announced in June 2009 that a home-made submarine, named Ghadir 948, had joined the naval brigade of the first naval zone. In November, the country announced that its first domestically built Ghadir class submarine launched operation.

The Iranian military said that the submarine can easily evade detection as it is equipped with sonar-evading technology and can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously.

Tehran's plans for boosting its military might speeded up after the US and Israeli war rhetoric intensified against Iran and plans showed that the Persian Gulf would be a determining scene of any possible war with the US.

Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.

Iran has warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.

Iran has warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, it will target 32 American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormoz.

An estimated 40 percent of the world's oil supply passes through the waterway.

In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy also said that in the two decades since the Iran-Iraq War, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran's response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.