IRGC Navy Commander: Iran to Respond Threats with Threats
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri underlined the need for the withdrawal of the American forces from the region, warning that Iran will respond threats with threats.
“We believe that we should respond security with security when security prevails and respond threats with threats in other times,” Rear Admiral Tangsiri said on Monday.
He added that Iran cannot tolerate attacks by certain countries or pirates on its oil tankers and cargo ships, and said, “Our revenge (for the assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh) is pending; the foreigners and Americans should certainly leave the region. they have brought insecurity and corruption anywhere they have deployed.”
Elsewhere, Rear Admiral Tangsiri referred to the ocean-going warship which joined the IRGC Navy recently, and said the vessel has been built for defense on the sea and is at present voyaging towards the Northern parts of the Indian Ocean to assist the Iranian Army Navy with the establishment of security in high seas.
Earlier this month, the IRGC Navy received a new home-made ocean-going, helicopter and drone carrying warship named Shahid Roudaki.
The ceremony to deliver Shahid Roudaki warship was attended by a group of Iranian civilians and military officials, including IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami and IRGC Rear Admiral Tangsiri.
The multifunctional vessel is capable of carrying and providing logistical support to fighter jets, aircraft, drones, missile systems, and radars which are being carried on board.
The 400-ton Shahid Roudaki warship is 150 meters long and 22 meters wide. It is equipped with three-dimensional radars, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles. It can carry helicopters and operational vessels, all of which have been domestically-designed and manufactured.
Addressing the ceremony, Rear Admiral Tangsiri said that the warship has been equipped with different types of indigenized weapons.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy's Second Zone General Ramezan Zirahi announced last month that the IRGC’s naval forces will receive a number of ocean-going vessels in the next six months.
“A number of ocean-going vessels for deployment in free waters and oceans are being manufactured and they will join the IRGC Navy by the yearend (Iranian year which ends on March 20),” General Zirahi said.
He underlined the IRGC Navy’s high preparedness to give a crushing response to any possible attack by enemies, saying the IRGC enjoys full intelligence superiority over the region and monitors all moves.
In August 2011, the Iranian lawmakers discussed a bill which required the government to build oceangoing ships equipped with special engine and fuel technology allowing the vessel to traverse thousands of miles without any need to refueling.
Deputy Head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization Jalil Eslami said earlier this month that piracy against Iranian ships in the free waters has decreased to nearly zero thanks to the efforts of the country’s naval forces in the Army and the IRGC.