TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy is manufacturing a jumbo-sized version of a new high-speed military vessel that was brought into service in September, a top commander announced.
Speaking to reporters in the northern city of Chalous on Tuesday, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said the new naval vessel, currently under construction, is a much bigger version of ‘Nazeri’ vessel.
The huge watercraft will be used for ‘special missions’ in the international waters, he added.
In mid-September, the IRGC unveiled a high-speed military vessel with the capability to carry helicopters, named after Mohammad Nazeri –commander of the elite commando units of the IRGC Navy who was martyred in May.
It is the biggest Iranian aluminum-hulled ship with a length of 55 meters that has an operational range of 10,000 kilometers.
Nazeri vessel can accommodate 100 passengers and carry a helicopter on board, with the capability to sail into rough seas.
The IRGC has in recent years acquired technical expertise in the production of speed boats.
Back in May 2015, Rear Admiral Fadavi said his forces were testing military speed boats with the breakneck velocity of 110 knots (203 km/h).
The speed boats are seen by many military experts as the IRGC’s trump card in case of any direct confrontation with US warships.
The IRGC Navy says the security of the Persian Gulf will be ensured without the presence of foreign forces, particularly the Americans.