The Iranian Navy expanded its fleet by launching three new warships Sunday, a Senior Navy Commander announced.
“Two missile-launcher warships, namely Neyzeh and Tabarzin, as well as Sirjan logistic warship have joined the Navy’s military fleet on December 1,” Commander of Iran’s Second Naval Zone Rear Admiral Mohammad Reza Abbasian told reporters.
He noted that the three vessels have been fully renovated by Iranian experts and by using indigenized knowledge.
The Iranian Navy has accelerated and widened its progress after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described it as “a strategic force”.
“Given the current issues of the world and today's geopolitical conditions of the world, we should strengthen ourselves in sea and in coast as far as we can,” Ayatollah Khamenei stressed on November 28, 2010, addressing senior Navy Commanders in Tehran in a ceremony to commemorate the National Navy Day.
Khamenei also stressed that increasing manpower, recruiting talented personnel and taking innovations and initiatives into action are highly necessary for the future of the country's naval forces.
In a September 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger Naval Forces.
According to the report, Iran's Navy has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.
The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran's response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.