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The Iranian Navy’s 42nd flotilla of warships rescued seven sailors aboard a vessel that had been adrift in the northern Indian Ocean for two weeks, a high-ranking Navy official announced.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari on Thursday, July 21, highlighted the country’s preparedness to counter any threat, particularly in the Persian Gulf, where the IRGC Navy is ready to fight US warships.
Lieutenant commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps praised the IRGC naval forces for forming the first layer of confrontation with enemies, stressing the need for increasing military preparedness to deal with arrogant powers.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi downplayed Riyadh's capability to threaten Iran militarily, and stressed that Tehran is able to strike heavy blows at Saudi Arabia if necessary.
Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy General Alireza Tangsiri confirmed the western media reports that the IRGC’s speedboats have monitored a US warship in the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz.
Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday that US and its allies' sanctions have no impact on Iran's naval capabilities.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said on Wednesday that entry of the US Navy boats to Iranian territorial waters was not hostile.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday expressed his pleasure with the swift diplomatic resolution of the recent case of US sailors captured in Iran’s territorial waters, and expressed the hope that the issue would become a model for future cases.
Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said what happened to American sailors on Tuesday proved how vulnerable the US is in front of powerful Iranian forces.
In Iran, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday.