In an address at a meeting on naval missions, held in Tehran on Monday, Rear Admiral Irani highlighted the Iranian Navy’s attention to local elites and the employment of national knowledge-based business capabilities.
He said the production of local heavy battlecruisers has been put on the Navy’s agenda according to a roadmap laid out by the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, commander-in-chief of the forces. Iranian armies.
Unveiling plans to boost the navy’s operational capabilities, the admiral said his forces would form a task force with 11 ships.
Other programs on the agenda include the training of naval divisions carrying drones, the development of reconnaissance and electronic warfare vessels, the strengthening of combat capabilities, as well as the renovation of battle groups and the improvement of their agility, he added.
Rear Admiral Irani noted that the operational power of the Iranian Navy is no longer confined to a specific region, as the Iranian military can have access to all high seas in any part of the world.
The navy focused its activities on the northern parts of the Indian Ocean, known as latitude 10 degrees north of the equator, and the Red Sea, the commander said, adding that Iranian navy units were escorting the country’s merchant ships and tankers in the Red Sea and the Strait of Hormuz.
In an August 2021 decree, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Rear Admiral Irani as Navy Chief, stressing the need for “serious and decent efforts to harness the capabilities” of the Navy, Army and other military forces for the “jihadist and revolutionary progress” of the armed forces.