Iran’s Armed Forces have developed extensive underground missile complexes along the country’s southern shores, including the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has revealed.
Brigadier General Alireza Tangsiri made the remarks in a detailed interview published on Sunday, adding that the fortified underground cities accommodate naval vessels and missile batteries as well as living areas for their operating crews and support units. In the interview Tangsiri stated:
“We have underground cities, which house both vessels and missiles. Our entire shoreline [in southern Iran] is equipped with arms.
But another thing I am going to say with certainty is that we are present everywhere in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman…
This is not just a slogan. We have long-range missiles and they [any potential enemy] should wait to hear further news about long-range missiles and vessels they cannot even imagine.” LINK
Tangsiri acknowledged that Iran’s enemies know that there are underground cities belonging to the Army and the IRGC along the Persian Gulf and Makran coasts, but claimed that they do not have accurate information as to the locations, components and capabilities of the integrated defensive complexes.
He emphasized that the IRGC Navy has full spatial and information command and control in the Persian Gulf and that it monitors the location of every ship passing through the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz or the Oman Sea.
Tangsiri also noted that the IRGC Navy has formed a marine Basij force, which is stationed along Iran’s 2,200-km coastline in order to protect Iran’s interests in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Oman Sea. The marine force includes 428 flotillas capable of operating autonomously or jointly, consisting of more than 23,000 military personnel.
The IRGC’s chief commander Major General Hossein Salami warned in April that the Islamic Republic will target US ships if they were to threaten the safety of the country’s vessels or warships.
“We declare to them that we are absolutely determined and serious in defending our national security, maritime borders and interests, and that any move [against us] will be effectively and swiftly met with a decisive, effective response,” Salami said.
In May the IRGC Navy was involved in an incident with US forces in the Persian Gulf as US navy ships entered an area in which the Iranian navy was conducting military exercises despite having been warned in advance not to approach.
Tangsiri said the US forces were confronted and pursued from the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman. “They had entered our training area while it had already been announced that drills would be held there … hence, they were ordered to leave.”
Commenting on the incident, the US Navy Central Command alleged that 11 IRGC vessels had “harassed” up to six US ships in the Persian Gulf, a claim that was rejected by Iranian officials.
The United States has not relented from its campaign of ‘maximum pressure’ against Iran including an economic embargo and strict unilateral financial sanctions imposed against anyone trading with Iran, threatening to intercept Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela, and conducting menacing military manoeuvres adjacent to Iran’s territorial waters and airspace.
The US has been conducting similar provocative military operations along the maritime borders of Russia, China and Venezuela on a regular basis this year, keeping tensions high with its geopolitical adversaries.
Although it appears that the US has been careful to avoid another direct clash with Iran such as occurred earlier this year when a US drone assassinated IRGC Commander Qasem Soleimani while he was in Baghdad, to which Iran responded with force launching missiles against two US military bases in Iraq, Iran has suffered from a series of suspicious explosions at sensitive military installations over the last few weeks.
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