Naval forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran announced today, October 5, about the opening of a new base in Hormuz Strait (links the Persian Gulf with the Arabian Sea) in Sirik city (Khormozgan province). The base was opened during a large ceremony attended by the IRGC commander, Brigadier General Hosein Salami, Tasnim news agency reports.
The base allows the IRGC navies to better control the Persian Gulf area, a place from which offensive and defensive operations can be conducted against U.S. forces in the region, as well as faster closure of straits in the event of military escalation. The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic artery of the world energy market, through which up to 25% of all oil supplied to foreign markets passes daily. The main recipients of black gold passing through the Strait are China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.
As noted on Monday by the Israeli portal Israel Defense, commenting on Iran’s opening of a new military base in the Persian Gulf, the “concept of war” of the Islamic Republic against the U.S. Navy is based on the creation of several defense circles in the Strait of Hormuz, designed to conduct “multi-level attacks using dozens of high-speed boats equipped with missiles and torpedoes, the installation of sea mines, the use of dozens of small submarines,” as well as attracting coastal anti-ship facilities and drones. The strengthening of the Strait of Hormuz defense is an additional step in Iran’s growing naval strength – as part of its response to the military tensions with the United States in recent years in the Persian Gulf region, the publication notes.
As TOP NEWS reported, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched medium-range ballistic missiles from underground installations in the south of Iran’s Khormozgan province during exercise “The Great Prophet 14” in late July. Thus, as western mass media noted, elite units of the Armed Forces of Iran showed almost all their striking means and offensive capabilities. The epicenter of rehearsal of rocket, aviation, and ship forces of the IRGC became a model of American aircraft carrier of Nimitz type designed in the port of Bender-Abbas and towed to the Strait of Hormuz. In its reports, IRI state television showed then missile launches from the sea, air, and ground platforms, including underground mines. Some of them were aimed at the “aircraft carrier” of the US Navy. All this led to the fact that two U.S. bases in the region – Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates and Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, where the forward headquarters of the U.S. Central Command is located, were declared on high alert.
Last month, the Iranian military conducted a massive three-day exercise codenamed “Zolphagar 99” on the country’s south coast. The maneuvers involved Iran’s navy, air defense, air force, and ground forces covering 2 million square kilometers east of the Strait of Hormuz and in the northern Indian Ocean. “The enemies of the Islamic Republic must know that if they make any strategic mistake, the geography of battles and Iran’s response to their steps will not be limited to the region of Western Asia, and they will face an extensive battlefield,” – warned before the exercise, Deputy Coordinator of the Iranian Army Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.