Thursday, October 30, 2008

New naval bases on Oman Sea coast

From PressTV:
Iran plans to build new naval bases along the Sea of Oman coast, east of the Strait of Hormuz to boost its military control over the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Wednesday establishing an impenetrable defense line in the east of the Strait of Hormuz is in line with the Iranian Navy's new mission which is to maintain its powerful presence in the Persian Gulf region.

Sayyari added that the new bases would be soon built along the Iranian coastline from Bandar Abbas to Pasa Bandar.

"Should the enemy commit a foolish move, it will be sent into the depths of the Indian Ocean and Sea of Oman before reaching the Strait of Hormuz and entering the Persian Gulf," Sayyari said.

An estimated 40 percent of the world's oil supply passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which is the entrance to the Persian Gulf.

Iran has warned it could block the strategic strait, if its enemies dare to raise a military attack over its nuclear program.

Inaugurating a new naval base at the strategic port of Jask earlier this week, Iran's Deputy Army Commander Brigadier General Abdolrahim Moussavi said, "In the past, our military had to brace itself for countering regional enemies but today we are faced with extra-regional threats."

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