On November 23, Iranian Navy commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, revealed during his first press conference that Iran is planning to send its warships to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean in the near future according to NBC TV.
“Our fleet of warships will be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the near future and will visit one of the friendly states in South America and the Gulf of Mexico,” Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi said during the conference, according to the Iranian Fars news agency.
Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi was appointed as the commander of the Iranian Navy by the Supreme Leader of Iran Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei on November 5.
These promises are likely just a part of the ongoing propaganda war between the US and Iran. The Previous commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari made similar promises back in 2014. However, Sayyari later claimed that the Iranian Navy canceled its plan to send its warships to the Gulf of Mexico “due to a change in schedule”.
Such deployment will require a very precise operation to resupply the warships in sea along its course or the mission will definitely fail. It’s unknown if the Iranian Navy got the needed experience or technology to conduct such a deployment. However, if Iran manages to deploy its warships to the Gulf of Mexico, the tension between the US and Iran will likely increase dramatically.