Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has established a new naval base in the Strait of Hormuz. The base, named Imam Mohammed Baqer, is situated in the southern port city of Bandar Lengeh on the Persian Gulf coast, The Jerusalem Post reported. The base is the fifth in the region, is located in the Hormozgan province, some 1,100 km (700 miles) south of the capital Tehran.
IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said the zone of operations would cover an area from Qeshm island and Naze’aat Islands region to the western waters of the Kish island. “The fifth naval zone was started to provide operational coverage for the Naze’aat Islands, bring about a turning point and start a new trend in the region,” the agency quoted Fadavi as saying at the opening ceremony.
FARS news agency reported that IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said due to the defensive nature of the area “the largest number of the IRGC marines will be stationed in the fifth naval zone.”
“The IRGC’s fifth naval zone is a very sensitive and strategic zone and is a front line in defending the Islamic Iran,” Jafari said.
Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to any attack from outside. Iran’s largest naval bases are at the head of the Gulf, around 450 kilometers from the strait, which is just 45 kilometers wide at its narrowest point.