IRGC Equipped With New High-Speed Vessel

IRGC Equipped With New High-Speed VesselIRGC Equipped With New High-Speed Vessel

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Naval Force on Tuesday brought into service a new high-speed military vessel with an immense operational range and the capability of transporting helicopters.

The new vessel joined the IRGC's fleet during a ceremony in the southern port city of Bushehr, Tasnim News Agency reported.

"Named after Mohammad Nazeri—commander of the elite commando units of the IRGC Naval Force who was martyred in May—the new vessel is the biggest Iranian aluminum-hulled ship," IRGC naval chief, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, said.

With a length of 55 meters, the high-speed vessel has an operational range of 10,000 kilometers, the commander noted.

"The watercraft can accommodate 100 passengers and carry a helicopter on board," Fadavi said, adding that it can sail into rough seas.

"Designed and manufactured by local experts, the vessel will facilitate IRGC's stronger presence in high seas and oceans."

The IRGC has in recent years acquired technical expertise in the production of speedboats.

Back in May 2015, Fadavi said his forces were testing military speedboats with the breakneck velocity of 110 knots (203 km/h).

The speedboats are seen by many military experts as IRGC's trump card in case of any direct confrontation with US warships.

The IRGC Naval Force says the security of Persian Gulf should be ensured without the presence of foreign forces, particularly the Americans.