Iran builds naval power

Iran is trying to implement some of the Shah’s plans for building a blue-water navy with Oman as an important mooring facility.

As Iran builds naval power, it looks to Oman as the big prize

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London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Early last month, Rear Admiral Habiballah Sayyari, the Commander of Iranian Navy, visited Russia at the head of a top-level delegation that included the navy’s Technical Commander Rear Admiral Abbas Zamani. Ostensibly, the group had come to visit the International Maritime Defense Exhibition in Moscow. However, as Russian and Iranian sources reported later, the Iranian delegation had also brought “an impressive shopping list” for Russian hardware and software. Determined to press its claim as “the regional superpower”, the Islamic Republic has decided to develop its maritime units into a full-fledged blue-water navy.

Three events have spurred the Iranian program for projection of power. The first is US President Barack Obama’s declared intention to drawdown and eventually conclude American military presence in the Middle East. If Obama’s policies are continued by his successor, the US would leave a huge gap to be filled in the region. The Islamic Republic hopes to fill it.

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One Reply to “Iran builds naval power”

  1. Trevor Hollingsbee

    Interesting. It should also be noted that, despite sanctions, the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy has been regularly undertaking long range task group deployments,sometimes including a submarine. Such deployments have gone as far as Indonesia and China, no other regional navy can do this.

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