TEHRAN (Iran News) – In a ceremony attended by Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohamad Bagheri, IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri, Governor of Hormozgan, other government and military officials, 340 speedboats capable of carrying and firing various missiles and rockets and supporting diving operations joined to IRGC Naval Combat Organization in Bandar Abbas.
These light, fast, and attack speedboats were built in the centers affiliated with the IRGC navy and in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense.
Last Month, Rear-Admiral Alireza Tangsiri made the remarks on the 5th anniversary of capturing 10 American marines by the IRGC Navy near the Iranian Farsi Island.
“Five years ago two American boats carrying ten marines heading for Bahrain approached the five-mile distance of Iran’s Farsi Island on their way, which is within the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic, and although there were two American and French super-carriers and five other destroyers in the region, the intruding U.S. boats were seized by the brave Guard’s naval forces,” Fars quoted Tangsiri as saying.
On January 12, 2016, the IRGC seized two U.S. Navy boats and detained ten U.S. marines on board on Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. The marines were captured for illegally entering into Iranian territorial waters. They freed the marines one day later.
An investigation was conducted by the IRGC right after the detention and the results showed that American marines had gone astray during their voyage in the Persian Gulf. The IRGC declared in a statement that “it has released the U.S. Marines and their vessels in international waters” after it became clear that the illegal entry was not a deliberate act.
“The Americans have undertaken not to repeat such mistakes,” it said, adding, “The captured marines were released in international waters.”
- source : Mehr