And so we have finally found an use for the Great Persian navy with its fleet of huge Arctic Soviet era submarines in the very shallow transparent waters of the Persian Gulf (5), and an array of other warships some reportedly reverse engineered and wholly built by Iran.
For a while the agents of Tel av-iv and London, existing within the shadows of Iran had told us that the great Persian fleet had sailed to the Suez canal, the Mediterranean, the Red sea, the Atlantic....and possibly up the Potomac.
Strange flurry of gay-like behavior during such delicate times of the "CIA-Spring", for a nation seeking peace and co-existence in the neighborhood at least..........as their leaders state so often, with sincerity.
Will the great Persian navy sail to the moon next, maybe?
Iran is a land power for the last 3000 years. This fact has not changed. This fact will never change....because of geography.
Iran is a weak land power, which for 260 years has not defended her borders adequately and as a result has lost territory to Imperial Russia (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan)......and the UK imperial power (Afghanistan/Herat..Baluchistan/Pakistan).
Logically a sensible Iranian government must pull all Defense resources into protecting her truncated borders FIRST,........ before SAILING TO THE MOON......which in any case is purely for political puppet mullah gimmickary.
Even after putting ALL of Iran's resources in defending Iran's borders (3% of GDP) it is not guaranteed that the Pasdaran and Artesh will do their jobs effectively, given their organization, training, C & C, military doctrine, lack of equipment, spares, fuel, ammunition.
When Saddam attacked in 1980, 80% of the fighting was done by ground forces on land, and 15--20% by the airforce. The navy had a zero role.
The USA/NATO/Israel are not Saddam Hussein.
If however Iran were to possess 2---4000 SAMs batteries, with 200,000 domestically produced SAM missiles with a variety of ranges; 30,000 AA guns.......1000 combat planes, and 20,000 Lt SAMs, with 2,000,000 missiles. 200,000 air-defense/air-force personnel.
......And 1,000,000 ground forces equipped with 5000 artillery pieces 105mm--155mm, 15,000 Mortars...81mm---120mm, and 30,000 ATGWs/TOW with 2,000,000 small missiles, 1,000,000 night vision equipment......with bases spread out throughout the country, and not flag filled barracks...BUT underground (as with North Korea and Vietnam), then maybe they will think twice about attacking Iran....and slaughtering many people and looting as they have done in Iraq.
Iran's Navy thwarts pirate attack
The naval forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have thwarted an attack by pirates against an Iranian ship in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.
“Eight pirate speed boats attempted to simultaneously approach an Iranian ship near the Abu Ali isle in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait,” Iran's Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi said on Saturday.
The Iranian naval forces, however, foiled their attacks, Mousavi added.
The incident brings the number of confrontations between Iran's Navy with pirates in international waters in the current year to 21.
In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard maritime trade and in particular ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.